Summary: What’s in a name? CHRISTIAN, a GOOD family name. But we must remember WHO we are, in Christ, and NOT TARNISH the name. A Provocative Pondering of Prov 22.1

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2009.03.22 Sermon.A GOOD name.

By William Akehurst,BA,Christian

A pastor friend of mine once told me that people would ask him what level of education or degrees or credentials he had.

His answer was that he had his "BA". He would then explain that BA stood for Born Again. He had his Born Again Credentials.

I told him, I’m going to have to start using it as a Title on my cards as shown above.

Here’s a point to ponder

I read this verse on 3/22/09 as I have read the proverbs chapter corresponding with the date.

Proverbs 22.1 says, A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

What’s in a name?

As a teen and twenty something, going out to social parties, Mom would tell me as I headed for the door, "Remember WHO you are" Prompting my mind to remember that I was an "Akehurst", and not to ’tarnish’ the family name. Believe me, it made me think twice sometimes about doing something wrong because people would know who my family was, my mother, my father, grandfather, etc. I wouldn’t want word to get back to them of some mischief that I had done.

But think about this...

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour, we are "born" into his family John 1:12 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

1 Chronicles 7:14 says "my people called by my name"

So, I am William Akehurst, by the name given to my by my earthly father.

But I also, as one of the children of God, take on HIS name, the name of my Christ my Saviour.

Therefore, just as Abram became Abraham, Jacob became Israel, Simon was surnamed Peter, and Saul became Paul...

I, William Akehurst, become William Akehurst Christian!

When a bride marries the groom, the bride typically takes on the name of the groom and drops the maiden name to an abbrievations.

So, if the church is the bride of Christ, then the church takes on the name of Christ.

In my case, that would make me "William A. Christian"

And my new family name carries a holy reputation, one of redemption, one of healing, one of salvation, one of forgiveness, one of patience, one of joy, one of peace, one of love, one of humility, meekness, servanthood.

It is a name that is not to be defiled. I do not want to "Tarnish’ the name of CHRIST. Therefore, I must make it my purpose to live up to the ETERNAL FAMILY NAME that I have been given in Christ.

So if I’m to live up to His Name, as his namesake, then I am to be like my Father in Heaven, so I should be as he is...1 Peter 1:16 says "Be holy for I am holy"

As a child of God, we are made to be a temple. We are not to defile the temple 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Therefore, we must put off the foolishness of this life and live acceptable unto the LORD.

Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Many people call themselves by this same Eternal Family Name, yet many are not of the family. Some call themselves Christians yet are not truly so because they have not received, accepted, believed and confessed Jesus as LORD. A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches. To be in the CHRISTIAN family, is a CHOICE, one to be chosen.

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