Identity. You call something a name and you identify it by that name. When my parents gave birth to me, they named me Agatha. It was not a name that came out of the blue, but a name they had thought and talked about while my mother carried me in her womb.
Looking back today, I have discovered that Agatha means ‘good’, and I have come to appreciate and love my name. But, before I knew the meaning of the name, especially in my teen years, I did not like that name very much. I wished my parents had given me an exciting name, like Francine or Francisca, a name I tried to ‘adopt’ for myself. My parents firmly rebuked me and that was the end of exciting Francesca.
My parents also gave me another name at birth; maybe after the suggestion of an aunt, but by the grace of God that name never made it to my birth certificate.
I now truly love being called Agatha, a good woman, and can now beautifully shout it out with confidence.
There is someone in the Bible who was given a name even before he was conceived in his mother’s womb. This name was given to his mother by an angel. She was a young girl, whose life was interrupted by a declaration from God. She did not choose to have the son and did not choose the name to be given the child. Her circumstances were pretty much pre-planned for her.
But what a child she gave birth to! What a name! His name is JESUS. He was given the
Some of us have been given names and born into families that we have very little appreciation for. Maybe we have even been born into countries we find undesirable. But despite the names we carry, the families we belong to and the nationalities we are part of, above all this we can belong to the greatest Name of all times, if we would make Jesus our Savior and the Lord of our lives. When we place ourselves under His Lordship, all these other identity issues become of very little significance.
The problem with placing a lot of value on our names, families and nationalities is that we can either place too much value or too little value on ourselves. We thereby give other people and nationalities too much value over us or too little under us. Many atrocities have been committed as a result of how we value each other.
In Jesus Christ we are all one. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, no slave nor free, no male or female, for we are all one in Christ Jesus. Reference – Galatians 3:28. We all qualify to be God’s children and to be of use in His kingdom, no matter what labels we carry on us. The ground is level at the Cross of Calvary. Just as Jesus was born into Joseph’s ancestry, we are also by faith born into His ancestry. We belong to God the Father through Jesus Christ.
So next time you struggle with the name given to you at birth or the family you were born into or the country of your nationality and the blessings and curses which come with it, remember the new and most important Identity afforded to you in God through Jesus Christ our Savior and Redeemer. That ought to put to silence all the other identity dilemmas. You are more than just a name, for in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ you can become all you ever dreamed of and achieve even more.