“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What's in a Name?

by Macy Johnson

“But now, this is what the Lord says – He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”
(Isaiah 43:1 NIV)

Have you googled your given name to discover its origin, its meaning?

My name, Macy, is a variation of my maternal grandmother’s name, Macie. It is taken from an old French word for weapon and an old English word for hill. Looking out our second-story window, I am God’s weapon on a hill.

When I was pregnant with our firstborn, my husband and I placed selections of familial names written on pieces of folded paper into a hat. We drew out two for a boy and two for a girl.

I wonder, and maybe you have, too, what we will be called in heaven. So many names are duplicated on earth. How will we be recognized in eternity? Will we have unique names?

God is the uniqueness instigator. Each cell in our earthly bodies is a limited-edition. We are one-of-a-kind on earth and in heaven. Perhaps in God’s kingdom we do have exclusive names.

Truth is - only one name need be remembered. Only one name is essential: Jesus.

“You (Joseph) are to give him the name Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
(Matthew 1:21 NIV)

“To him who overcomes, I will give a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.”
(Revelation 2:17 NIV)

The new name on the white stone, our ticket to heaven, is Jesus, our Victor. Praise His Name!

I will glorify the name of Jesus and thank Him for writing my name in His book of life. I hope you will, too!

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