Wednesday, June 28, 2017

"Living Up To The Name"

"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold."  Proverbs 22:1

When you look at the names of people in the Bible, their names have specific meanings.  Some people lived up to their names like Jacob.  His name meant deceiver-- he was until the Lord changed it.  Some people did not live up to their names like Eli the priest.  His name meant Jehovah is high.  His life, lack of godly character and slothfulness concerning the things of God did not reflect the meaning of his name.

When we are born-again, we are given a name.  That name is "Christian".  The meaning of the name Christian is:  follower of Christ; Christ-like.  If you are a Christian, are you living up to the name/meaning?  Are you truly following Christ?  Is your life a reflection of who Christ is?  Do you act, talk, treat others and live like Christ?  Are you kind and merciful like He is?  Are you loving, gracious, forgiving, truthful, honest, pure, tender, gentle, moral, giving and so on like He is?  When you have the name Christian, do others see Christ in you?  Do they hear Him in your speech?  Do they see Him in your actions, attitudes and dealings with others?  

A sister in the Lord reminded me of this the other day-- if you say you are a Christian (Christ-like) and were put on trial to see if you truly are, would their be enough evidence to convict you?  In other words, are you living up to your name?  Are you living up to who you say you are, Christian?

Have a great day.  If you are a Christian, are you living up to the name?     

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