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Luke 1:59-60 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, “No; he is to be called John.”
It is small wonder then that an angel of God instructs Zechariah on the name of his unexpected child. When family and friends insist on tradition—name the child after his father, Little Zech—Elizabeth stands firm. His name is John. God has spoken.
John will grow up to eat locusts and live in the desert; he will defy the expectations of friends and family. He will baptize the Savior of the world and lose his head in King Herod’s palace. He deserves a name of honor, delivered from on high.
Names are precious matters to God, yet we often use them as weapons on others and ourselves: Libtard. Wingnut. Redneck. Hack. Ugly. Dumb. Fat. Worthless.
Perhaps today we can remember what God calls us: Beloved.
MOVING FORWARD: Do a little research about your own name—what it means and where it came from. How does your name fit you?