2013-11-19 - What's in a Name?
Proverbs 22:1a (NASB) A good name is to be more desired than great wealth.
It's fun to look up the original meaning of names. For example, my name, in the Hebrew language, Janice translates as "gift from God." Don't ask my husband Richard about that haha! : ) Seriously, in the Bible, names often have symbolic meaning. For example, Peter means "rock" in the Greek (and in French, the related word "Pierre" also means rock), and the Greek translation of John means "gift of God."
Also, through the years, some Biblical names have taken on symbolic meaning. A person who "has to see to believe" is a "Doubting Thomas." Someone who is guilty of betrayal is a "Judas."
Continuing along these lines, what would our names be, if we were named according to our walk with Christ? Would we be an impetuous but devoted "Son of Thunder," a.k.a. James who (along with John) wanted to call down fire upon their enemies? Would we demand empirical proof, and end up with the name Thomas? I, myself, might end up with the name "Gideon," as I have been known to ask for a fleece or two.
I challenge you, along with myself, to think of what you would aspire for your "Christian name" to be, and then try to live up to it. If you want to share, I would enjoy reading your names, and might even share them with other readers (only with your permission and without giving identifying information).
Janice P. Moser