A New Name

How important is a person's name? I tend to think they are quite important. In fact, have you ever found out someone's name and then visualized what they look and act like even before you met them? Apparently parents tend to like names that go along with their own personalities and since children tend to have personalities similar to those of their parents, the names match their personalities as well. And of course, based on the name, we can usually have a pretty good idea of how old the person is, since different names are popular different years. I just read a list of the top ten boys and girls names for 2018 and here are the results. The top ten boys names were: Jackson, Liam, Noah, Aiden, Caden, Grayson, Lucas, Mason, Oliver, and Elijah. The top ten girls names were: Sophia, Olivia, Emma, Ava, Isabella, Aria, Riley, Amelia, Mia, and Layla.

In the Bible, names are really important. In fact, when an angel appeared to a woman and told her that she would have a child, the angel usually named the baby. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary; and later, to her fiancé, Joseph; he told them to call their baby Jesus; because He would save His people from their sins. Of all the names on earth, I think the name of Jesus is the most precious of them all. But as we accept the gift of salvation Jesus came to offer, our names no longer apply to us the way they once did. Our characters and personalities begin to change to match His glorious character and personality. And when we finally get to heaven, we will have a new name, describing who we truly are in Christ. Jesus describes it this way: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it” (Revelation 2:17). I want to know what my new name is, don't you?