Devotions By Jan

What’s in a Name?

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Scripture for Today:  Phil. 2:9-10  “For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth.”

Meet our French landlords, Mr. and Mrs. Hell.  We have a hard time keeping a straight face when addressing them by name!!  But they are wonderful people.  I believe they are unaware of what their name means in English.  It means nothing in French but in German “hell” means “light” or “bright.”  Go figure.

In Biblical times much more thought was given to the meaning of a name.  In our day we are more concerned with how it sounds.  But there is one name that has a significance far beyond any other name, the name of Jesus.

In the future I will be with that mass of humanity bowing my knee at the name of Jesus with a heart full of gratitude for His salvation!  But, am I bowing my knee today?  Does my life reverence His name by recognizing His authority over me?  Quite frankly there are days when my attitude is far from submissive.  I rebelliously want my own way and I’m not even interested in hearing His name.  Those days do not turn out so well!  My prayer is that TODAY my knee will bow at His name, honoring Him with true submission.

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