I remember each time my wife and I went through choosing names for our four children. This was not a process that we just kind of randomly went through. We were very intentional in the names that we chose. The names that they now bear are connected to either people who played pivotal roles in our lives or they were from memorable books that were read in our youth. Either way, these names bring about certain memories. As God’s image-bearers we may not all be named after His Son, Jesus, but we do bear the name or title of Christian. As Christians we go out every day bearing the name of our Savior. As we spend time over the next number of days remembering the birth of the promised Son may we do so in a way that honors the name of one we bear. Sometimes that may mean that we are tasked with the opportunity to change one’s view or understanding of Christ and His Christians. Maybe because of difficult experiences someone has had in the past. What a blessed opportunity it would be to do such a thing. Another thing we get to do as Christians is to help lead others to discover ways to express joy and gratitude and appreciation for all that He has done for us. No matter, may we spend this Christmas season celebrating the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of the Savior who will come again to claim His own! So what’s in a name? In the name of Christ we find… Life. Hope. Joy. Peace. Comforting. Now that is a gift worth receiving and giving.
Think about it. Pray about it. God bless.