Some names ring not just with familiarity, but downright notoriety. Walenda is a name synonymous with daring, high wire acts. Falcone is associated with mobsters and organized crime. The Hearst family has long been connected with newspaper publication, Forbes with finance and fortune, Morgan with banking, and Bronte with literature. Hilton and Kardashian? Well… Certainly, we could make a long list of surnames synonymous with particular endeavors bringing either fame or infamy. In the Lord’s church, the name Nichols, Jenkins, Winkler, and others evoke an even more positive image of souls reached through a shared legacy of full-time service to the Lord.
Each of us has been endowed with a precious commodity, the name bequeathed to us by our forbearers. Often, they have worked hard to polish and protect that name, to honor it and leave it as a legacy of character rather than shame. It does not take much for us to tarnish that name and leave behind a name our descendants must live down. All it takes is one person to leave a notability which embarrasses. Just ask the Hitlers, O’Hares, Ingersolls, Bordens, Stalins, and Kevorkians.
Of course, the most important thing about our name is spiritual. Do I wear the name of Christ? If I claim to wear His name, what do I do to honor, glorify, and spread the good influence of His name? When people see my name, do they associate it with Christ and all good attributes that should go along with that? We want to live so that when we stand before Christ, we will hear our names called with those who spend eternity with Him in heaven! How you are doing with your name? How are you doing with His name?