Do our names affect who we are in Christ? – Words of Wisdom #8

You all know your names. But have you ever taken the time to look at what your name actually means? Let’s take some of the most common American names, as examples.

Nancy – filled with grace

Anthony – worthy of praise and admiration

Donna – lady, mistress of the house

Anna – God has favored me

Justin – just, upright, love

Christopher – bearer of Christ

Sofia – wise or wisdom

Zion (similar to my name, Q’Zion) – Mount Zion, city of God, a holy place

Shoutout to everyone who has one of the names that I mentioned (I may have incorporated a couple of the names of my family members LOL.) But, back to my main point for this episode of Words of Wisdom, I wanted to talk about our names and whether or not they affect who we are in Christ. I would say no, and I will gladly explain why.

Let me just state that I do think that what you name and call people is important, as you are sewing a seed as to who you want them or expect them to be as a person. Every time we are called our names, we are called something of a greater purpose. Our name likely either had a sound or meaning that our parents (or whoever named us) took a liking to.

The reasons why I say no to this question–Do our names affect who we are in Christ?–is because you can be named Michael (gift from God) or Christina (follower of Christ) and then go down a completely wrong path. Yes, our names are a part of our identity, they do not define who we are in Christ.

God has already stated who we are throughout His Word. He says;

  • We are loved. (John 3:16)
  • We are forgiven when we forgive others. (Mark 11;25)
  • We are redeemed. (Romans 5:1)
  • We are chosen by the Lord to be His. (Deuteronomy 14:2)
  • We are God’s children when we receive Him. (John 1:12)
  • We are justified by faith. (Romans 3:28)

These are the things that God says that we are. And if God says it, we know that it is the truth. While a couple of these are conditional, they are also unwavering between all of us, regardless of our names.

So, in conclusion, while our names may be important, what really matters is who God says who we are, as well as the choices that we make and the path that we choose to take in our lives, regardless of what our names mean. But just remember that you are loved and chosen by God. Even though none of us deserve it, He chose us to be His children. What a blessing from God (thank you, Jesus!)

So, for this National Learn What Your Name Means Day, feel free to tell me in the comments, what does your first name mean?

Be Natural. Be Beautiful. Be YOU.

Beauty is skin deep. Sure. It may sound a little cheesy, and you’ve probably heard it a zillion times. You might even be tired of hearing it. But, despite how cliche it might be, this saying is absolutely true.

Valentine’s Day is about love, which is wonderful because God is love. And while February 14th is centered around the love we have for others, we also mustn’t neglect appreciating and loving who God made us to be.

Tomorrow is International Natural Day, also known as International Day of Self-love. Y’all already know that that’s a biggie on my blog. So, of course, I had to discuss it today. Whether you have a partner or not, the days before Valentine’s Day are to help remind us that we don’t need everyone’s validation.

It is a chance for us to realize and believe that we are all precious in God’s eyes. He said that we are the apple of His eye. And don’t be mistaken; God doesn’t look at what we look at. People will look at height and outward appearance. But God looks at our hearts. And as long as our Heavenly Father is pleased with us, both how we live our lives and who we are inside, then that is all the validation that we need.

Valentine’s Day is a day for us all to celebrate both inner and natural beauty. It is also to show those who we love, and who the Lord has placed in our lives to love us just the way we are, that we appreciate them, care for them, and are thankful for them.

And mind you, self-love doesn’t mean that we should be cocky or arrogant. It doesn’t mean that we should be putting ourselves on a pedestal. The first commandment is to love the Lord our God with ALL our soul, with ALL of our mind, and with ALL of our strength. The second is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31 NIV) God ALWAYS comes first.

When I say “self-love” I mean coming to terms with the fact that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. Living our lives as Jesus Christ sees fit, and respecting ourselves because we know that God loved us enough to give His one and only son to die for our sins.

“Self-love” is knowing that we are worth it because God sees worth in us. If God, the King of kings and Lord of lords loves us so much as to give up His only child, then we must be worth loving. We are worth loving because God loves us.

Have a beautiful day, everyone! Always remember that God IS love! ✨