Do you remember the first time that you were going to be a parent? Oh, the joy and excitement! Also, the fear of taking care of a little human being and of the unknown. Back when I had my daughter, you didn’t get to know the sex of the bundle of joy, so you had to come up with two sets of names. Oh, the list grew and grew with all the names. You would say the names out loud to make sure that they went with your last name. Many were discarded before it came down to just a few. When that baby arrived, you knew immediately what his or her name would be just by looking at their precious face.
Our names are an incredibly important part of our identity. They carry deep personal, cultural, familial, and historical connections. They also give us a sense of who we are, the communities to which we belong, and our place in the world. Sometimes we’re named after people who were influential in our parents’ lives. I was named after my mother’s piano player at church.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1)
What about the greatest baby ever to be born to the world?
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
Oh, but the sweetest name I know is this:
“So the name of Jesus is above all names. At the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.” (Philippians 2:9–11)
For the glory of the Father, everyone will know His name and confess that He is the one and only.
But what’s in His name?
There is POWER in the name. There is holiness. There is truth. There is justice. There is wisdom. There is righteousness. There is refuge. There is healing. There is redemption. There is shelter. There is light. There is atonement. There is mercy. There is grace. There is compassion. There is faithfulness. There is love. There is peace. There is joy. There is patience. There is longsuffering. There is chastisement. There is goodness. There is perfection. There is a marriage counselor. There is a financial advisor. There is a friend. There is a brother. There is a Father. There is God.
There is no name other than Jesus under heaven, by which man can be saved. It’s through Him that we have access to the throne of Abba in prayer.
Your name is so important and unique to you. Abba knows us by our names and loves us so intimately that even the hairs on our heads are numbered. It’s hard for me to grasp that sometimes. That’s unconditional love. He was nailed to a stake just for me—a sinner and a filthy rag who deserves death—but I found grace in His eyes.
He so desires to have a personal relationship with us.
By saying the Father’s name, we’re inviting Him to be in our presence. Just thinking about and saying His name out loud gives me goosebumps. At the first sound of His name, He pays attention and is immediately right where we are. He’s there, standing right next to us through the storms and trials of life. We’re never alone. It doesn’t matter the time of day or the hour. He’s always on call. He’s ready. He’s waiting….
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. There’s just something about that name.
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