It is Sunday afternoon and I'm staring at the face of our newest grandson: Micah Thomas. Micah was born three weeks ago. He is a beautiful child (takes after his mom and dad!). Micah has some distinct Kiedis features, most notably the Kiedis chin. But to me his most distinctive trait is his name.Names are a big deal to God. Solomon writes:"A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold." (Proverbs 22:1)
A good name is better! Better than a multi-million dollar signing bonus, better than surviving the "American Idol" finale, and better than a trip to Cooperstown or Canton!
Ok, I get it! But here is my question. What can I share with my grandson to ensure that his stock soars in future years? In short, how does Micah--or you or I for that matter--build what God commends?
Here are a few observations:
- Abishai and Benaiah won great names through great achievements (2 Samuel 23:18-22). Knowing that, I will tell him, "Micah, work hard to be your best for God today!" (Proverbs 22:29).
- David won a great name because he had great character (1 Samuel 13:13-14; Acts 13:22; Psalm 51). Knowing that, I will tell him, "Micah, be honest before God today!"
- Phoebe won a great name because of her sacrificial service (Romans 16:1-2). Knowing that, I will tell him, "Micah, serve others today."
- Paul won a great name because he pursued Jesus above all else (Philippians 3:12-16). Knowing that, I will tell him, "Micah, follow Jesus today!"
- Jesus is the name above all names. He fulfilled the will of the Father (Luke 22:42). Knowing that, I will tell him, "Micah, obey God today."
Good names are not paint-by-numbers simple, nor are they the result of being a slave to a list of do's and don'ts. Still, we build!
Over the years I have reminded our children that they carry three names: their given name, their family name (surname), and their Savior's name (Christian). Each takes a lifetime to build; each can be toppled in a moment.
May your greatest feature be your name!
MY PRAYER:Lord, may Micah Thomas Kiedis win a great name in your eyes and in the eyes of others. For that matter, Lord, me too!