Day 13 – His Glorious Name

When I was pregnant, I would spend hours flipping through baby name books, trying to find just the right name for our little one. We finally decided on “Isabelle” for our firstborn, which means, “consecrated to God,” and “Jocelyn” for our second daughter, which translates “joyful spirit.” It was important to me that our children had names that not only sounded nice but also were significant and rich in meaning.

The Bible gives several examples of how people’s names often described their character or behavior. For example, God changed Abram’s name, which meant “lofty father,” to Abraham (“father of a multitude”) because he was to become the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). Jacob lived up to his name of “trickster” by deceiving his brother, Esau, and his father in order to obtain Esau’s birthright (Genesis 25:29-34; 27:1-40). Later in Jacob’s life after he had wrestled with the Lord and finally submitted to Him, his name became “Israel” meaning, “straightened by God (Genesis 32:28; 35:10).

Those of us who call ourselves Christians, who have been bought by the blood of the Lamb and have received the gift of salvation, all have the same name. We’re all “followers of Christ.” This name has been granted to us, not because of any righteous things we have done but because of the Lord’s great mercy (Titus 3:5). What a privilege it is to carry this Name, the Name above all names! What an honor and joy it is to serve the all-powerful, holy God who is also full of compassion and mercy! What a high price Jesus paid for us to bear His Name!

Let’s not get so caught up in the insignificant details of our lives today that we fail to magnify the Lord. He alone is worthy of our worship. Take a few moments right now, and thank Him for naming you as one of his own.

“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.” – Psalm 72:19

Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    wonderful thoughts to start my day. We take being called Christian for granted but wow, is it such a privilege. It makes me stand taller inside and I am free because of the name of Jesus.

  2. Amen! 🙂