“Who, being in very nature[a] God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:6-10)

What’s in a name? Everything.

My wife and I believed that when we named all four of our children.

Kaila Imani- Wise, child of faith. 

Caleb Matthew- Bold, gift from God

Canaaan Micah- Promise, Who is like the Lord?

Zyla Elise- Princess, God is my satisfaction

We believed that names become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and what we have seen with each of our children, is that their personalities line up with their names. Kaila is very slow to speak, but she speaks and acts with wisdom beyond her years many times. Caleb is unafraid to do anything. Canaan, while still young, has a worshipful attitude when he pauses long enough to sing with us. And Zyla is definitely our princess. She knows it! The thing is, names carry power.
In Roman times, slaves had names that denoted them as slaves. if asked their names, even if somehow dressed in Roman finery, their names always gave them away. So it was not uncommon for slaves, who aspired to greater heights than where they were, to change their names to something more befitting of a Roman citizen, even while they were still seen as nothing in the eyes of many. They felt that their name could speak to where they were going.
So many men give their children their names because they want to pass on a legacy to them in that form. In that way, a name becomes distinguished and valued.
Having a “name” in many circles gets you special privileges. Some people have names so famous that they are only known by one name. Madonna. Oprah. Prince. You get the picture.
For all of the work and honor that we ascribe to our names, our names become useless when it comes to our eternal reward, and our earthly purpose. Our names don’t beget us blessings from God, or favor from God. Our names don’t get us into Heaven. Our names don’t bestow us with power to heal or forgive. Our names don’t endow us with the power to love, or the power to hate. Our names become powerless when compared against the grander scope of the universe.
However there is a name that matters. There is a name that is the most precious name. There is a name that has had hymns and songs written about it since the beginning of time. There is a name that when spoken, causes visible change. There is a name.
There is a name. One name. Worthy of all praise. Worthy of all honor. Worthy to be worshiped. Worthy to be lauded. Worthy to redeem us. Worthy to save us. Worthy to make us righteous. Clean. Whole. There is a name.
There is one name. One name that is Holy. One name that gives us a pathway to our Father. One name that rebukes the curse. One name that defeated Death. One name that grants us life. One name, that when we take that name on, welcome us into a relationship beyond any that we have ever known before. There is a name.
Jesus.
When we speak His name, things change in our lives. When we speak His name, power flows. When we speak His name, demons flee. When we speak His name, nothing can stay the same. Why?
Because God has given Him a name that is above every name. That at the name of Jesus, EVERY knee must bow and EVERY tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
All things both in the earth, and under the earth, and in Heaven.
So speak the name. Jesus! It doesn’t matter how much you thing you’ve screwed up your life. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve turned your back on God. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t tithed. Or attended church.
All that matters is Jesus.
Speak the name. Breathe in the name. Allow it to change you, and to change your world.
There is only one name that matters.
It is THE name above all names.
Jesus!
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