"God exhaulted him to the high place and gave him the name that is above every name..." Philippians 2:9
Thoughts of ordinary names never entered our minds when we had children. Our children weren't common. They were gifts from heaven - nothing short of the miraculous - and their names would reflect our hopes for their future.
God names us, too. He calls us by a name that reflects His purpose for us, our heavenly character. He's done this since the beginning of time: Abram (exalted father) became Abraham (father of multitudes), Sarai (contentious) became Sarah (mother of nations). He renamed Jacob (holder of the heel) Israel (God contented), and changed Saul (prayed for) to Paul (humble). Do you wonder what God calls you?
Regardless of our names (birth or God-breathed) scripture says there is no greater name than the name of Jesus:
"... when he [God] raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything.." (Ephesians 1:20-22) so "...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2: 10-11
On this Thankful Thursday, I give thanks for God's miraculous gifts:
1. Aaron Daniel (Exalted and knowing God is his judge)
2. Torrie Ana (Victorious and full of grace)
3. Jesus, Yeshua, Emmanuel (God with us).
For Jesus is my salvation, mercy with a face, my holiness, and worthy of all praise!
These lyrics by 33 Miles, just moved me today:
"Salvation has a name, mercy has a face.
Holiness was crucified and He rose to give us grace.
Jesus our holiness,worthy of all praise!"
What are you thankful for today?