What’s in a name?
Shakespeare posed this question in act 2, scene 2 of Romeo and Juliet some 400 years ago. “What’s in a name?” I say… Well… everything!
We identify with our name. Our name carries the weight of our reputation. Our name distinguishes us from the crowd. Our name can have significant impact on who we are. Just check out Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Named Sue” or Matthew West’s “Hello, My Name Is” or, if you’d rather read, Berni Xiong’s “The Year of the Brave Bear.”
Still need convincing? Just look at all the Hebrew names in the Bible and why these children were named what they were, but also who they turned out to be. I mean, there’s a reason Jesus dubbed Simon Peter “Peter” (Matthew 16:18).
You could also look at the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. This is a particularly interesting example because as chief tax collector for Jericho, Zacchaeus was considered by most to be the worst sinner of all (see Luke 19:7). But isn’t it interesting that, when people were calling him “sinner,” Jesus called him by name. A name, by the way, that in the original Hebrew means “pure” or “innocent.” Jesus looked past the accusations of all these people and saw the heart of Zacchaeus, a man who wanted to be right with God.
Some time ago, I looked up the meaning of my name. It was a revelation for me. Recently, God has encouraged me to remember who I am. Who I am in this world, but more importantly who I am in Him.
So, my name means victorious poet. I thought this was kinda interesting given that I’m an independent musician/songwriter. Fitting, right? Recently, I’ve felt God leading me to really lean into that and live victoriously. By that I mean, have a victorious attitude.
But your name doesn’t have to be Colin to be victorious. That’s the great thing about Jesus’ life and sacrifice. As we come up on Easter, I’m reminded of how we have victory through Christ because we are “more than conquerors.”
Do you know what your name means? Does it fit you? Or are you in need of an encounter with the One who sees you as you really are… the One who knows you by your real name? Let me encourage you to seek out the meaning of your name. Feel free to share it in the comments section below. Not only knowing who you are, but knowing who you are in Christ can be a powerful thing. After all, there is power in the Name.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37