“Jesus asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Legion,’ he replied, because many demons had gone into him.” Luke 8:30
The disciples and Jesus had landed in the area of the Gerasenes. In that area a man was living alone that was demon possessed. No one could control the man at all because of the demons.
Jesus asked the man what his name was. The man gave the name of “Legion”. The reason for that name was that there were many demons living inside the man. The word “legion” means many people. His name described who he was.
Afterwards, Jesus cast the demons out of the man. He became a follower of Jesus and went to his home town telling everyone what God had done for him.
In the United States, names do not usually carry the weight of meaning for a person that it did in Biblical times. Some people do name their children with the meaning of the name in mind, but many do not.
However, everyone can have other names that describe who they are. Parents are called “Mom” and “Dad”. Those in authority at work are called “Managers” or “Supervisors”.
You have specific names for who you are also. Each person is somewhat different in their names.
Some names that every follower of Jesus has are that of “Child of God”, and “Anointed One”. Every believer has become a co-heir with Jesus, so they are also a child of God. Every believer has been filled with God’s Holy Spirit, so he is also anointed.
What does this mean for you today? It shows who you are and who you belong to.
The man in the reading today held the name “Legion” because he was controlled by a legion of demons. Who are you controlled by? Who is inside of you?
If you are a “Child of God”, you have everything God has. You have His characteristics, looks, appearance, and favor. Live your life with this in mind. Do not live like the world, but like Jesus. Live up to the name that you have been given.
I pray today that God will reveal His names for you; that you will live your life as a child of God; that God will reveal His plans for your life; and that God will build His kingdom through you.