To name something or some one means that we are stewarded by them. Adam and Eve named the kinds of created plants and animals, and each other. On the one hand, they could not exploit or abuse creation. On the other hand, they could not neglect creation or their family with passive laziness. They were stewards of God’s world. People name their pets and things they own as stewards of them. Parents are given stewardship of their children to raise them and send them off into their callings. They do not own their children; God owns all.
Christian names are outward expressions of what people are inwardly good at being, doing, and demonstrating. When Adam named the first woman Eve (Life-giver), he had the power to peer into her glory and to draw out her calling. To this day, a spouse’s voice trumps all other voices with the authority to enhance or to degrade. Jesus perceived Simon (Pebble) had a greater heart and glory than his outward name expressed. So Jesus renamed him Peter (Rock). Saul (big man) had a Christian name of Paul (little man), which expressed the glory of humility in Christ.
This is a photo of my granddaughter, Elizabeth Joy Smart. Each name means so much to her parents and to our family. She and her name is written in heaven when she was born on February 6, 2014 and went home to Jesus on March 29, 2014.
What is your given name, full name, and why were you given those names? What do your first, last, and middle names literally express by way of family meaning? For example, many people are named by their parent(s) after another family relative or culturally important person. Whatever your name is, it has shaped you in some way. How so? Does the Gospel rule you through your name when you hear or speak it?