Friday, January 07, 2005

Passing Down a Name

What’s in a name? My father’s name was Chester Warren Fisher. My parents named me David Warren. Our oldest son is Timothy Andrew Warren. Tim & Nicole gave their son the name Josiah Warren. Four generations of “Warrens”. Will that continue? I don’t know but I hope so!

For two thousand years the name of Christ has been passed along to every one who becomes one of His followers. Entrusting your life to Him, confessing and turning from your sin and accepting His forgiveness qualifies you to take on Christ’s name. Believers in Jesus were first called “Christians” or Christ’s ones in Antioch (Acts 11:26). For generations since then those of us who love and serve Him have gladly taken on His name. We do so without hesitation or embarrassment. I’m not ashamed to be called a Christian. I’m honoured that Christ would be pleased to have me take on His name. As Bill Gaither wrote, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, there's just something about that name!" Yes, there certainly is! Charles Wesley in his majestic hymn, "O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing" penned these words:

Jesus! the name that charms our fears,
That bids our sorrows cease,
'Tis music in the sinners ears,
'Tis life and health and peace."

How about you? Do you carry His name? He longs to pass it along to you! Trust Him today! Give Him your sin, He'll give you His name!

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12

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