WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
Names: So basic, we hardly give them any thought; yet they speak volumes about who we are. Even the nicknames we choose tell about our self regard and the identity to which we hold.
As we grow and build our lives, our names take on greater meaning. All someone has to do is say your name and an image comes up: “Oh yes, she’s the one with the beautiful flowers around her house.” “Ah, the teacher…” “oh, her.”
Jesus asked the man with the Legion what his name was. I really don’t think He was asking the demons – He never carried on conversations with them; He only spoke to them when commanding them to go. Moreover, demons are compulsive liars: Why would anyone ask them anything? I think it was more of an assessment and call to the man, much like what we mental health clinicians do when we conduct a mental status exam. By the time Jesus was done, the man had received his real name – his true identity. He was healed from the inside out!
Another story about someone being asked his name is found in Genesis. Jacob told the angel of the Lord that he would not let him go until he blessed him. The angel asked him, “what is your name?” This was not merely a question about nomenclature; it was really about what kind of person Jacob was. He could not answer proudly, because his name meant “supplanter; swindler.” The angel told him, “From now on, you will be call Israel,” which means, “One who wrestled with God.”
The most precious story about names is in Luke 2. Gabriel says, “You will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from sin.” The Name of Jesus carries with it all authority and power. In His Name, healing, salvation, protection, provision, blessing, honor and glory are made real.
What is your name? Who are you? Do you know yourself in the light of God’s truth and love? Or are you believing lies, based on experience and inner wounds? Call on the Name of Jesus and you shall be healed.