Name calling on the playground is bad – right? Yep . . . unless it’s not. There are names that are worth being called by, names that are joy-filled and life-giving. Of all the nicknames I got throughout my growing up – Jar-head, J-Rock, Stepper, Steppy, Strep, Jair-man, Jair-bear, J-Rod (None of them stuck … yet, haha) I can’t think of any that beat my actual name – Jared Stepp. Why? Because my parents and family are a wonderful blessing and have a good reputation – I’m happy to be a part of my family and share their name. That’s why this Scripture blows me away . . .
1 John 3:1 See what outrageous love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called [named] children of God! And that is what we are! (1 Jn. 3:1)
So, a name is only a few letters strung together to make a sound. But a family name can mean we are accepted, blessed, we belong and have a good reputation. In this case, behind God’s family name is all those things plus supernatural power, authority, salvation, and get this, outrageous and lavish love!
Truth – God’s love is so outrageous and lavish that He would name us His children.
So whatever your family name means to you good, bad or indifferent – get excited about one thing – you’ve been called by a new name – Child of God.
2 thoughts on “Behind the Name”
Yes. We receive a new identity in Christ! A new name! We bear the name of Christ! We are joint heirs with Christ, as children of God! (I find it hard to believe that you were called such names) Very good devotion, as always, Pastor Jared!
LikeLiked by 1 person