There’s Meaning In A Name

History tells us there is meaning in a name. What is believed to be the longest name in the
English language is the name of a town in Anglesea, Wales.
The name of this town is, are you ready for this?

Llanfairpwelggwynglllgogerychwyrndrobwellhan  dyssiliogogogoch

Let me know when you figure out how to pronounce it. It has fifty-nine letters. Here’s a link to its pronounciation…Click Here To Hear Pronounciation

In the postal directory only the first twenty letters are given. The name means, “The Church of St. Mary in a hollow of white hazel, near to the rapid whirlpool, and to St. Tisilio Church, near to a red cave.”

Names of people have meaning as well. Several countries have had to outlaw certain names that parents have tried to inflict on their children — names that various courts have determined “cause offence to a reasonable person or that make a fool of a child.”
For example, in New Zealand, you can’t name your child Violence. If you have twins, you can’t name them Fish and Chips. In Sweden you can’t name your child Metallica.
In Portugal, UFO is a banned name. In Japan, you’re not allowed to name your child after the devil. These restrictions aren’t random or arbitrary.
Each has been tried and denied at some point. Amazing, isn’t it?
Even God says that Jesus’ name is special.

“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 

“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.”
 Philippians 2:9–11

This begs a question. Which names has God banned for you and me? Some come to mind: Lost Cause, Too Late, What A Waste, Should Give Up.
These are names that we sometimes attach to ourselves, based on what’s happened in the past — maybe even as recent as yesterday. But the Bible shows us that he calls you by a different name, not based on who you were, but based on who you are in Christ, and who you can be through the power of his grace. By which name does He call you? One brief passage of the New Testament gives three good examples.

He calls you New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

He calls you Ambassador – 2 Corinthians 5:20

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”

He calls you Righteous – 2 Corinthians 5:21

“For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin,
so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Our challenge today is to live up to the name He has given you and me.

About scon777

Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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