What’s your name?

The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the LORD will bestow.— Isaiah 62:2

At the outset of World War II, the people of Finland faced severe famine during the Russian occupation of their country. After years of conflict following the Russian Revolution, the Finnish people were truly on the brink of nationwide starvation.

But then former President Herbert Hoover organized a massive relief effort that kept hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children from starving. As a result of his generosity and compassion, a new word entered the Finnish language.

For decades, the word “hoover” was used to describe any effort to be kind, caring, or helpful.

If someone coined a word from your name, what would it mean?

Would your name signify integrity? Generosity? Cheerfulness? Or would it mean something you wouldn’t be proud of?

Through the grace of Jesus Christ, you’ve been given a new name by God. It’s who He created you to be – your true self. And through His power, you can live up to that name: child of God.

So remember who you are today. You’ve been rescued from sin and filled with the life of Christ to walk in obedience to Him and shine His light on earth. It’s who you were created to be!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you forget the failures of your past and embrace your new name as a child of God.

Questions for thought

What qualities do you want people to associate with your name?

How could you live out your name as a child of God today?