WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

OVER THE DECADES, WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD A LOT OF ‘ONE TIME WONDERS’. IN 1962, A SINGING DUO HAD A HUGE HIT THAT HIT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS AND HAS BEEN A FAVORITE ‘OLDIE’ OF MANY SINCE. DON AND JUAN ARE NOT AS REMEMBERED BY THEIR NAMES AS THE HIT SONG THEY RELEASED. DO YOU REMEMBER ‘WHAT’S YOUR NAME’? ” …WHAT’S YOUR NAME, IS IT SALLY OR SUE, WHAT’S YOUR NAME, DO I STAND A CHANCE WITH YOU…”

WHAT’S YOUR NAME? WILLIAM WAS FIRST TAKEN TO MEAN A PROTECTOR. MARY WAS PROBABLY FROM ANCIENT EGYPT AND MEANT LOVE OR TO LOVE. GARY CAME FROM A WORD MEANING SPEAR. BRENDA ORIGINALLY CAME FROM A WORD MEANING SWORD. MATTHEW COMES FROM THE HEBREW MEANING A GIFT FROM GOD.

GOD RENAMED SOME OF HIS FAITHFUL. ABRAM BECAME ABRAHAM. SARAI BECAME SARAH. GOD RENAMED JACOB TO BE KNOWN AS ISRAEL. JESUS RENAMED SIMON, WHO BECAME PETER. SAUL WAS NOT RENAMED, BUT CARRIED HIS ROMAN NAME PAUL TO BE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT JEWS.

JESUS IS NAMED IN SCRIPTURE EMMANUEL, RABBI, TEACHER, SON OF GOD, COUNSELOR, SAVIOR, REDEEMER AND MORE. JESUS WAS WORTHY OF ALL THESE NAMES.

SO, WHAT’S YOUR NAME? YOUR NAME IS NOT THE NAME YOUR PARENTS GAVE YOU, BUT THE TRUE NAME OF THE PERSON YOU ARE. WHAT’S YOUR NAME THAT ONLY YOU AND GOD KNOW? ARE YOU WORTHY OF A NAME OF HONOR OR WOULD GOD RENAME YOU FOR YOUR FAITH AND COURAGE OR WOULD HE RENAME YOU FOR YOUR SINFUL ACTIONS OR LACK OF FAITH? WOULD YOU BE KNOW AS ‘UNFAITHFUL’, ‘BULLY’, ‘LAZY’, ‘ADULTERER’, ‘SELFISH’, ‘UNWORTHY’, ‘BRAGGART’, ‘JEALOUS’, ‘EGOTISTICAL’ OR ANOTHER?

WHAT NAME WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE KNOWN AS? IT IS NOT TOO LATE. LIVE YOUR LIFE TO REFLECT THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON YOU NEED TO BE AND ASK JESUS TO FORGIVE YOUR PAST ACTIONS. DOES GOD HAVE YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?

“THE ONE WHO IS VICTORIOUS WILL, LIKE THEM, BE DRESSED IN WHITE. I WILL NEVER BLOT OUT THE NAME OF THAT PERSON FROM THE BOOK OF LIFE, BUT WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THAT NAME BEFORE MY FATHER AND HIS ANGELS.” REVELATION 3:5 NIV