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.