There is one thing we all have in common – a name. Some of us are named after family members, while others are given names just because they sounded good. Our name is our indenity.
Each time my wife and I were expecting a child, we would go through a myriad of names. We concentrated heavily on the meanings of each name as we desired that each one of our children would have a rich spiritual meaning to their full name.
In the Old Testament, we find time and time again specific names given due to any number of reasons, from circumstances surrounding the birth through to a command from God such as in the case of John and Jesus.
Names are powerful and it is amazing how people in most cases will live up to the meaning of their name without realising it. God himself has many names which reflect His character and yes, He does live up to each and every one of them. If you really want to know who God is, do a personal study of the names of God.
The young people God has entrusted to you to disciple also have names and it is important that we pray for each one of them regularly individually by name. In John 10.3 we see that Jesus knows each believer in Him by name. Those who have their indentity in Him will follow Him and stand strong in trials and tribuations.
One of the greatest struggles of young people today is identity. As a leader, you have the opportunity to help them discover their indentity. You can help them to know what their name means but moreso, as you disciple them, they will begin to know that their indentity can be firmly rooted in God our Abba Father. It is when each person knows who they are through Jesus Christ that we will see signs and wonders and great exploits for God’s glory by those who believe in His name.
Regardless of what their name means, we need to ensure that each child and young person knows that there is power in the name of Jesus Christ.