Characteristics and traits of people were an important aspect of names in ancient Israel. Just knowing someone’s name provided others with a lot of information about a person. Today, our names have more to do with what’s popular at the time of our birth, but one thing is for sure – your name is important to you!
Years ago, the great Methodist preacher, Charles Allen, was asked by a wealthy Texas oilman who he believed was our greatest President. Dr. Allen said, “That’s easy. LBJ.” The man’s face turned red with anger. He said, “Dr. Allen, how in the world can you say that lying, scheming scoundrel was our greatest President?” He replied, “Well, one day I was standing in the lobby of a hotel and LBJ came through. He shouted to me, ‘Dr. Allen, you keeping those Methodists straight?’ The reason I feel he was the greatest President is because he is the only one who knew my name.”
When important people know our name, it makes us feel good. But when they call us by name in front of a crowd, we really feel special.
Good news. The most important person who ever lived knows your name. His name is Jesus. He knows everything about you and He loves you, anyway. When you get to know Him as Savior and Lord, He’ll make you feel important and significant – even more than the President calling you by name.