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The Only Name That Matters

What is in a name?

Sounds like Shakespeare was here. His philosophies lost on the Word of God with all of its love songs, laments and truths.

But what about our names, are they lost, forgotten, gathered close, or of no consequence?

I am almost sure that there may be a person or five who cringe at the sound of my name? I have annoyed them with my self-righteous arguments, spoke truth that was too harsh to hear, was stubborn enough to not change my ways, bashed a few liberal ideologies on social media, was too quiet, was too loud, was not outgoing enough, was too conservative, or maybe I was just not enough of whatever they were looking for. I am just not enough.

And do you know what, they are absolutely right. God never promised that we would be enough. He did promise salvation through Christ and calls for repentance.  He never stressed that we need to go more, do more, be more, or any of that. We are called to Him, and then we are given work prepared by Him. If people cringe at the sound of our names, so be it.

This doesn’t mean we don’t struggle. I often times feel of little consequence. I feel like I don’t matter to many or that God doesn’t like me much. Exhaustion, lies, and the deceit of the world like to bring one down. It does a really good job of deflating our balloons and making a mess of our love for self.

Romans 10:13 ESV 

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Our names are of little meaning when we refuse to attach them to the one who gives life.

Proverbs 18:10 ESV

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.

His name is what matters. Wearing His truth on our lives is far greater than a name that people scoff and balk at. When we carry around truth and the name of the Lord, we know longer need to prepare for cringes from the other parties we encounter. Confidence in truth will be on our side. We have the name of the Lord and His Spirit within us.

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8 thoughts on “The Only Name That Matters

  1. The name above all others. Amen

  2. Yes! Jesus is the only name that matters. The only name by which we are saved (Acts 4:12). I like your name. I just like names that are different and uncommon. And I particularly love the name of Jesus that brings us salvation. Such good reflections! Thank you!

  3. We are known by many names in our day to day lives but the only one that matters is being known as a child of God! Great reminder that His name is above all others! Well done Maryann!

  4. Amen! His Name is the One that matters! Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #InspireMeMonday.

  5. My name is that, just a name but his oh his name has the power to break chains, save souls, change lives. Praise his holy name! Beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

  6. “Jesus, Jesus, there’s something about His name. Master, Savior, Jesus…all heaven and earth proclaim. Kings and Kingdoms may all pass away…..but there’s something about His name.” this post had me singing that old hymn……great post!!

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