April 27 – What’s In a Name?

Acts 11:19-30; Joshua 13-14; Job 27

You know how nicknames start. Ours was probably meant as an insult at first. We were originally known as “Followers of the Way,” or “Followers of Christ.” As the gospel spread in Antioch, though, the Church leaders sent Barnabas to check them out. He saw that he needed help in teaching these new followers of Christ and he brought Paul into the city. As the church grew, they probably encountered some opposition and their enemies decided to poke fun at these people who were followers of Christ. They decided that they were trying to be just like Christ. They were “little Christs.” “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” (Acts 11:26) Now, the name means nothing more than people who go to certain kinds of places of worship; or worse, are born in certain areas of the world. It’s time to reclaim the meaning of the title of “Christian.” We do that by following Christ. We do that by being so focused on our relationship with God and His forgiveness through Jesus that when people look at us, they see Christ. We do that by being so in tune with God that we minister to our fallen world by meeting needs like Jesus would; caring for people like Jesus would; and spreading God’s love to those the world scorns like Jesus would. We reclaim the meaning of the name of “Christian” by being “little Christs.”

Lord God, what is in a name? We who once gladly bore the name “Christian” and accepted the responsibilities and the persecution it once engendered, now bear it as a meaningless title. Let me follow You so closely that people who see me would think that I truly was living as a “Christian.”

(PS – yes – still a day behind!)

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I am a retired Middle School Teacher. I share each day what God is teaching me from reading His word hoping that people can benefit from reading what God has taught me.
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