Mark 5:8 What Is Your Name?

Then Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “My name is Legion,” he replied, “for we are many.” Mark 5:8

Names are used all the time by people all over the world. It is one thing that is common with every person, in every nation. Names are what helps identify a person as to who he is.

Alongside of names are also titles that people are given. Titles are a secondary way of identifying a person. Often titles refer more to what they do or can do, rather than who they are. Many people are more concerned about their title name, than their personal name. Titles give them status.

Jesus met a man who was demon possessed. The first thing Jesus asked was what his name was. The man gave the name of ‘Legion’, because they were many demons in him.

While some believers are against names or titles, God does give them out. It is a title that identifies a person as to whether he is a believer or not. The name of every believer is written in the palm of God’s hand and He knows every one by name.

Not only does every believer have their own personal names, God has given each one some names. Some names that God gives every believer are: child of God, saved, redeemed, warrior, forgiven, family, beloved, heir with Christ and many more.

These names can encourage a believer and strengthen him. The world will try to give him a different name, the name of his past. But God’s naming allows the world to know who he is.

However, none of these names are given, if the person does not accept and follow Christ Jesus and what He did. The person must become a new creation to receive the new names.

As a believer God has done many new things in your life. The greatest is that you are forgiven and are now a part of His eternal family. You now carry God’s name on you.

Although your personal name is good and important, it is more important that people know you by the name God has given you. Do not be ashamed to tell people that you are saved, forgiven, a child of God and much, much more.

Hold on to the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus. You are no longer a child of this fallen world, but a child in God’s family. Live by the name God has given you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the names God has given you; that you will be a changed person in Christ Jesus; and that you will live your life by God’s standards.

Ezekiel 48:35 What Is Your Name?

Books on a shelf

The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. Ezekiel 48:35 

Titles or names can be important to let people know about something. It allows people to know who someone is and what his position is. It allows people to know what city, county or state they are in.

Without any names, people would only have confusion. No one would know who anyone or anything is. There would be no division as to what is good and what is bad.

Ezekiel was given a vision of the future city of Jerusalem. As he finishes out the vision and the book, he is told that the name of the city would be: The Lord Is There.

There are some people in the church who do not believe that titles should be used by anyone. They feel that titles is sinful and only fills one with pride. However, God used titles throughout the bible. Think of all the titles were given to God: provider, banner, shepherd. God also gave people titles: friend, priest, minister, witness.

One of the titles that every believer has in common is that he is a Christian. That title lets everyone know that he is a follower of Jesus. Being a follower of Jesus, also means that one has His Holy Spirit to guide him. Thus he also has the ancient title that Jerusalem had–The Lord Is There.

God is with every believer and the world should be able to see that. It is what sets a believer apart from the rest of the world. It is what drives him to live a life that is different. It is what compels him to turn away from sin and sinful practices. God’s presence is what gives the believer strength to love everyone, including his enemies.

You, also have a title and a name. When people look at you, who do they see? When they talk about you, what do they say?

You are a child of God and God’s presence is with you. Live your life in a way that brings honor to the name God has given you. Be willing to let the world know who Jesus is and what He has done for you and for them.

Just as God had said He would be with the city forever, He is also with you forever. You can have the name–The Lord Is There.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that the world will know God is with you; and that you will be God’s witness to the world. 

1 Chronicles 26:12 Every Job Is Important

Sweeping the floor

These divisions of the gatekeepers, through their leaders, had duties for ministering in the temple of the LORD, just as their relatives had. 1 Chronicles 26:12 

Titled positions in a job are often very important to most people. If the position does not have a good sounding title, it does not appear to be an important position.

It is common for people to think about positions in a job as not being very important. They are at the bottom of the ladder in the company and so are often looked down upon as a nobody. As they are looked at as a nobody, it is often common the individual feels that he is also a nobody, no on important or of any real value.

As the writer of the Chronicles writes, God leads him to list the names of those working in the temple. One of the groups listed was those of the gatekeepers, the men who stand and watch the doorway, guarding the temple.

Being a guard is often looked at as a menial job, with no real value. It is like the one who is a janitor and just sweeps floors and picks up garbage. He is not a CEO or president, no one really important. Yet, God chose to write their names down for all history. It was an important job.

In the church, there are positions that are not in the lime-light. They don’t seem to be very important. Sometimes this can be working in the nursery, being a greeter, or cleaning the floors and the toilets.

Many people want the high profile, fun positions with a great title. They want to be the head deacon, usher, worship leader, lead instrument, or one of many other profile, titled positions. They don’t want to be the one working in the nursery, teaching a young children’s Sunday School class, setting up chairs, or sweeping the floor.

Every position in the church has a reason and an importance to it. Every position in God’s kingdom also has a reason and an importance to it.

God has a job for you to do. It may be something that is high-profile, but most likely it is a ‘small’ job, that is hidden behind the scenes. Either job is just as important. If no one was to clean the floor, worship would occur in a filthy place.

Work in your position as unto the Lord and with joy. God can use you where you are at, when you are doing His work.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will do His work with joy; that you will know the value in doing God’s work; and that you touch the lives of many people for God.