MIHI Manna for Today
What’s in a Name?
“You are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” Matthew 1:21
What I’ve learned over the years is that our name does not define us but we define our name. It’s just that personal it’s in our DNA the DNA that God gave to us and who God designed us to be. Our parent’s can gives us the name of a King but it does not make us a King! But yet the name given is given accountability by the person we are working to become.
In the third Gospel (Luke) we find at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry he went into the Synagogue and preached his trial sermon. After the message was finished he opened the doors of the church, gave the invitation and then sits down. All the eyes in the Synagogue were fixed on him and he said “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” The text says all spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words he spoke but then the question was asked “Is not this Joseph’s son?”
This question appears irrelevant due to the declaration by an Angel given in Matthew’s Gospel “You are to name him Jesus he shall save his people from their sins.” The statement made before his birth establishes the fact that his name was his DNA, every moment, every word; every event of Jesus’ life was originated and guided by God. Jesus is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Yeshua” meaning “God saves.”
So what’s in a name? It’s the compassion, motivation and willingness to fulfill our destiny; it’s our unwavering when it comes the time to put it all on the line to help others or with a helping hand “it’s in our DNA.” The creators DNA that even evolution cannot explain because it was there before anything existed. Yes it is unexplainable and for some men unattainable by oneself but note it was designed for us in the beginning and it will be there in the end. It does not matter about the mistakes we’ve made in the past by messing up our good name because in the end God will give us a new name. Our good name comes from every footstep we make towards our purpose and leave behind as we walk through this life’s journey with God. Each individual identifies their own name, who they are and what their name defines in God given purpose for their lives.