How did you get your name? Is there a special meaning behind it? Do you know?
Some parents give a great deal of thought to what they name their children, and others, well not so much. Some future parents know months ahead of the child’s birth, and some still haven’t made up their minds when it’s time to sign the birth certificate.
One young lady, Monteray, was indirectly named after a city in California. In other words, she was named after a lady who was named after the city. While some children are named after their parents or other relatives, some get their names picked out of a baby name book. That would be me. Others have been named after Hollywood stars and upscale cars.
However we get them, I believe names are important. One definition says a name is “a word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.
God believed that names were important enough to change them when he made certain covenants and declarations with his people. One such person was Sarai.
“Then God said to Abraham, ‘Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.’” –Genesis 17:15-16
Apparently God wanted this name change to be sort of proof that He made the covenant with Abraham.
I had a friend that disliked her first name, and chose to use her middle name instead, at least until she discovered that Edith meant “riches or blessed”. After that she insisted that I call her Edith.
Think about it. If people are constantly speaking a blessing over you every time they call your name, and you are aware of it, that could be a powerful change agent in your life.
Every time someone called Sarah by her name, she was reminded that she would become the mother of many nations. Do you think that made her hold her head and shoulders up, walk and talk differently?
Whether your given name is of biblical significance or not, as a believer, you are included in the covenant God made with Abraham.
“Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” -Galatians 3:14
And one day, you will get a new name.
“… To everyone who is victorious…I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name…” – Revelation 2:17
So, regardless of what’s going on in our lives, we can stand on the promise God made. Whatever pain we feel or trial we face, we serve a God that says we are more than conquerors. Even if we fall short and disappoint ourselves and God, “the promise” is still over our lives. We can overcome.
Will you believe?
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.
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