Better To Have A Good Name;
“A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold” (Proverbs 22:1).
There’s a popular saying that the sweetest word in anybody’s ears is their name. The Bible also lets us know that a good name is better than great riches. On several occasions God changed the names of those who walked with Him. He changed Abram (“supposed father”) to Abraham (“the father of many nations”), and Sarai to Sarah (“the mother of princes”). Jesus changed Simon’s name, which meant “reed” or “unstable” to Peter, meaning “rock.” This lets us know how much importance God places on names. When God revealed His Name, He showed us His personality and what He represents to us. He revealed His character in His Names. “El-Shaddai” means the strong and breasted One Who gives nourishment to His people. “Jehovah” means the covenant-keeping God, the LORD Who over-rules the gods of the heathen (Exodus 6:3). Jehovah is the redemptive name of God. What you call yourself matters a lot because your name can affect you. Your name reveals you and tells what you represent. If for instance you’re called “Blossom,” everything about you should blossom. You can live up to your name. Be sure it’s a good one. Our Lord recognizes our name. He calls you by name, not like a stranger. God calls you as a father calls his child, with love, care, interest, concern and honour. It’s so blissful to know you’re so important to your heavenly Father.
He never makes you feel like a nuisance. He doesn’t say, “Oh no, here he comes again,” neither does He call you with condemnation or disregard. People may call you with disrespect, rudeness or mockery; that doesn’t matter. What matters is how God sees you and calls you. The time will come when they will call you differently because of the glorious things your name is associated with. It matters what you do with your name. Refuse to look down on yourself even when everyone else does. Refuse to live your life on the thoughts and feelings of others.
Refuse to lose hope in yourself, but keep your trust in God. Stand firm on the truth that God is for you and no one can be against you successfully. So if your name has a negative meaning, or if it doesn’t have any meaning at all, then you must decide to change it. Let your name reflect the kind of person you want to be and the kind of life you want to live. Then God can stand on your behalf and your name would mean a lot to Him.
FURTHER STUDY: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21; ROMANS 8:29