Because of [his] obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth–even those long ago dead and buried–will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, Philippians 2:9-10
What do they call you? Sometimes we get tagged with the wrong name [nicknames], some of them not so nice. It is not just nicknames that for one reason or another are thrust upon us. What about those frightening, sinister, awful [names], the ones that accrue after things in our lives that earn such polite descriptions? Bully, Jail-bird, liar, no-hoper, whimp, thief, drunk, junkie, pervert, sell-out, just to name a few. There are many more. The truth is if rumour spreads the word, and uncaring mates go along with it name-tags can be very damaging. If they hang-around long enough they can be impossible to get rid of. The only way being to prove it to be untrue over a period of time, or distancing yourself from whatever earned you the name in the first place. A good name is precious – A sterling reputation is better than striking it rich; a gracious spirit is better than money in the bank. Proverbs 22:1
Numbers of people tuck themselves under the name of ‘Christian’. They are warm with the feeling of this identification, though they do not want to get around with a badge that says as much. It is a name first given as a nickname way back in the first years of Christianity. It is quite and enjoyable descriptive title to those who vow allegiance, and want to be known as Christ followers.
Positioning ourselves under the sacred name of Christian comes with responsibility. It means learning about, listening to Jesus, the becoming increasingly like Him. How true and correct is the name you have assumed? Or, the one you have acquired?
Lord, I am ashamed by some of the names people have called me. I want to bury the past. Increase my understanding of what it means to be called ‘Christian’