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?