Honor God with your name.

Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun; the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin; the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali; and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Padan Aram. Gen 35:22-26

Most names have meaning or some significance.
All names in the Bible carry a meaning. Each of the twelve sons of Jacob (Israel) are Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. Each would go like this when given the meaning: A Son, Heard, Attached, Praise, Judge, My Wrestling, A Troup, Happy, Wages, Dwelling, Add, and Son of my Right Hand.
Moses means “drawn out”.
Joshua and Jesus both mean “savior”. Jesus is an English version of the Greek Iesous from the Hebrew Yeshua, though many different spellings of this exist.
My name, Otis Timothy, means “wealthy” and “honoring God”.
My dad’s name was Otis Thomas. Otis means “wealthy” and Thomas “a twin”.
My mom is Billie Mace, which means “defender of justice” and “mason”.
Names also mean different things from country to country. Linda means “snake” in Germany, “lime tree” in England, and “pretty one” in Spain. So her parents gave her the Spanish version!

Jesus told the church at Philadelphia, “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Rev 3:11-12
So perhaps the Savior Himself will give us a new name!
Until then, I honor God with my present one!

3 thoughts on “Honor God with your name.

  1. Good morning! After reading this post, I must confess to some mixed feelings about it.

    My name is Sheila. It means blind. In Australia its a slang word for an available young lady. How do I honor God with meanings like this attached to my name?

    I have never heard of honoring God with your name. It’s a bit confusing to me. Would I try to act as if I am blind? I already wear bifocals. Would I try to pick up men in a tavern? Currently I am a widow; my husband passed away last year.

    I would guess that I can’t be worrying about what my name means; God knows my heart and understands that I strive to be loving and caring to those around me. He knows I try to serve Him and show people His Face to them wherever I can. I suspect that it would be less productive to be overly concerned with what my name means and instead occupy my time with trying to be obedient to God by using my time and talents working in His Kingdom.

    Thank you for your interesting posts on the Bible, God’s great Plan of Salvation, and applying God’s Will in our lives. Encouraging people to think on these things by blogging is a very good idea! 🙂


  2. I believe the best way to honor God with your name is to be the opposite of what Sheila means…whether it’s blind or an available woman. You can always use it as a pathway to Christ. Tell someone that your name means blind. Tell them Jesus healed many blind people in His day and that one day He healed your blindness and you saw your sin and your need for Him. As for the meaning of an available young lady, well just say you’re always available for God to use you to His glory! I hope this helps and perhaps you’ll come up with other ways too!


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