If I am honest, I get a little annoyed when my students call me “teacher, teacher” at the beginning of the school year. I was teaching virtually two years ago, and one of my little second graders sent me a chat. She said, “Mrs. Bryant, how do you spell your last name?” I stared at her question for several seconds, trying to figure out how she didn’t realize that she had just spelled it. So as not to shame or embarrass her, I just responded, “BRYANT.” After that, I began to have students practice my name in the first week of school. I tell them that my name is the most important name you need to know! But there truly is a more important name to know.
As I thought about her strange question, I began to think about what it means to truly know someone’s name, not just the spelling or the pronunciation, but the weight and significance of a name. A family name carries much weight, as it helps to identify aspects of the family’s history, including occupations, social class, and place of origin. Surnames become part of our identity and invoke a sense of belonging.
This is even more true about the Name of Jesus. Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” The Name of the Lord speaks of His character and nature. To call on the Name of the Lord is to invoke His character. To call on His Name is to know Him, have fellowship with Him, and acknowledge your dependence on Him. In the Bible, to call is “cry to for help” or “to invoke a person, to call a person by name.” We are invited to call on the Name of the Lord at all times:
In worship, we call on His Name to honor Him. Jesus is worthy of glory, honor, worship, and praise.
Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Psalm 29:2
In times of trouble, we call on His Name and receive the help we need.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:14-15
In prayer, we ask, in Jesus’ name, for what pleases the Lord and brings Him Glory.
And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:13-14
We identify with fellow believers in the Body of Christ as those who call on the Name of the Lord.
To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: 1 Corinthians 1:2
Jesus is the most important name you need to know! Endeavor to know Him more, in the fullness of His character. And call on the Beautiful Name, because it is the ONLY by which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).
Your friend in the journey,
Remember: The Word W.O.R.K.S. We are walking in Wholeness, Obedience, Righteousness, and Kingdom Success through the Word of God.