Names can often define us. Names come with attachments. If the name is something that describes us it often comes with expectations and ideas of what you are like. And this is a relative thing – our perspective and who we are affects how we see another. For examples, if one is called an ‘overachiever’, thoughts immediately come to mind. And depending on how you relate to the given term, your perceptions and thoughts are different than someone who relates differently. If you are an overachiever, you see the term in positives. If you are not, you often see negatives.
The same is true when someone is labeled a “Christian”. On a basic level, a Christian is known as a follower of Christ. This name also comes with a lot of connotations and expectations – some good and some bad, depending on your experiences and background. Don’t you wish the name “Christian” only evoked good thoughts and connotations?
Our own names also carries certain identities to those that know us or know of us. At the mention of our name people often think certain things. These thoughts and expectations are developed through their experiences, stories, and interactions with us.
We all want to be thought of well, in good terms. So does Jesus. Today, as we live out the name “Christian”, may we bring glory and honor to His name in all we do and say.
Scripture reference: Genesis 32: 27-31