46,044 people named John Smith in the United States.
105 people named Harry Potter
448people named George Bush
32 people named Emily Dickinson.
Some of us have strange names but none stranger than these:
• Swag (two in 2012)
• Butt (three in 2010)
• Hotdog (two in 2012)
• Butterbean (6 in 2013)
• Phone (three in 2013)
As I was walking our dog Ozzie, the hymn, “There’s a New Name Written Down in Glory” came to mind. Admittedly, it sound a whole lot better in my mind then when I started to hum. Charles Austin Miles wrote that song over 100 years ago.
We remember the death of our Lord today. It is because of Christ’s death, God is able to give us new names.
If you do not like your name, Rev. 2:17 suggests God will give you a new name. Was Jesus giving us a sign of things to come when He changed Peter’s name? I like the idea of obtaining a new name when you are ordained for some forms of ministry. What is the point of all this? I think there is a great deal of power in your name. Why? Names are archetypes. If you are not familiar with that term, check out these examples:
• Don Juan, a “womanizer”
• Don Quixote, an heroic fool, based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel
• Edison, an inventor
• Einstein, a genius
• Hercules, a strong man
I think the same thing happens when God gives you a name. When Jesus gave Peter his new name, there was a foundational spiritual chord struck and every other Peter resonates with that spiritual note. So when a Peter enters heaven, he is immediately drawn to all the Peter’s in heaven. Each Peter is unique (I Cor 12) but every Peter prays in harmony with the archetype St. Peter. There is a new name written down in Glory! Some people have their new name already. They are living out their eternal call and participating in heaven’s vision. Others, like the “swags” of this world, will need new names.
HEALING TIP: Your parents may have given you a name like SWAG, but what is God’s name for you?