The Importance Of Names
Names are one of the free things in life, yet they are so powerful that they can change the destiny of the bearer. We live in this world where the meaning of names do not matter, so long it is cool and trendy, then it is good. Sadly, this is a wrong mindset; names are a crucial factor in building the sense of self, and thus helping you to forge forward on various paths of life and career. Contrary to some beliefs, names are important; they contain meaning, they define who we are, and sometimes they are not what we think we are. Furthermore, they are more than letters, rhymes that are pleasing to the ear. They are a gift from God, and not just a convenience, allowing us to talk to each other.
Proverbs 22:1 “good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
Names define things, and they define us
As parents, be mindful of the names you give to your children; the power of life and death lies in the tongue.
God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. God name it into existence. In the same way, God has given you the power to name your children into life.
The whole creation happened because God spoke– God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” And there was. He called it sky. And He called the dry ground land.
From that land, God made man. He made Adam (Earth). Then God gave the power to name to Adam. Adam named the animals. And he called Eve (Mother of All). We are created in God’s image and likeness; therefore, we have the creative ability of God. God assigned Adam to name the animals, and whatever he called them was stuck forever. The same power is being passed down to us.
Change of names in the Bible
The Bible recorded men and women whose names were changed before they began to manifest as true sons and daughters of God.
In Genesis 17:1-6, From Abram to Abraham:
When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the Almighty God. Obey me and always do what is right.”… God said, “I make this covenant with you: I promise that you will be the ancestor of many nations. Your name will no longer be Abram, but Abraham, because I am making you the ancestor of many nations.”
In Genesis 32:28, From Jacob to Israel:
The man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have struggled with God and with men, and you have won; so your name will be Israel.”
Furthermore, many other Biblical characters with name changes and people’s names with its meaning explained, such as:
Genesis 25:24-26—The time came for her to give birth, and she had twin sons. The first one was reddish, and his skin was like a hairy robe, so he was named Esau. The second one was born holding on tightly to the heel of Esau, so he was named Jacob.
Matthew 1:21—She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins.”
Matthew 1:23—”A virgin will become pregnant and have a son, and he will be called Immanuel” (this means, “God is with us“).
Learn from the story of Jabez
1 Chronicles 4:9-10 “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying Because I bare him with sorrow.
10) And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.”
As parents, there may be unpalatable situation surrounding the birth of your children, and it may be tempting to name them after such circumstances, but don’t do it. Instead, bless them with names that will impact their destiny positively. Jabez, even though he was honorable than the rest of his brothers, he was plagued with misfortune because of his name until he prayed to God, who rescued him.
There is hope
If you feel your name is affecting your life negatively, you can always ask for divine directions, and change your name. Abram was changed to Abraham, among others, and he became the father of many nations. You do not just exist here on earth; you are here for a purpose. Do not accept just any name; let your name define you.
Encourage Yourself In the Lord
This article passes a powerful message to the readers; it talks about the importance of names and how they impact our lives. It also encourages parents to be careful about the names they give to their children.