When I worked in the public school system I was subbing in the kindergarten class and I was conversing with a beautiful young girl as she was determinedly doodling on a piece of paper. She said something so innocent yet so very profound to me that I have never forgotten it, even to this day.
She was writing her name and as she started with the first letter she sing-songedly asked me, “Do you know why our names begin with a capital letter?”
I was a little taken aback and intrigued at her question as I answered, “No. Why?” To which she so intelligently and matter-of-factly replied, “Because we are important!” And she stressed the “port” in important with a little high curly cue in her voice and a quick full-body pop up and down in her seat as only little girls can do.
All I could do was smile.
As I think back on that day my thoughts turn to God. In our Bible study we are studying the historical account of the “Acts” of the apostles. Peter had just healed a man and he did it in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.
“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16
Our Pastor stressed the importance of the order in which the man was healed. First, the name of Jesus, and then faith. Jesus’ name always comes before faith. I am re-learning just how important it is that God reveal Himself to us by name. He is a personal God and He has given us many many names by which to know Him. And they all begin with a capital. He
longs wants to be known.
Jesus is important.
Some of the beautiful names He has revealed Himself to His children as are, Creator, Savior, Comforter, Defender, Counselor, King, Father, Son of Man, Son of God, Holy Spirit, Mighty God, Yahweh, Lamb of God, The Christ, Messiah, Son of the Living God, Lily of the Valley, Husband, Brother, Shepherd, Gate, Way, Truth, Life, Resurrection, Root of Jesse, David’s Son, Bright Morning Star, Protector, Master, Rabbi, Teacher…
…and LORD, which ~notice~ is written in all capitals!
Hmmm…now what can that mean?
Jesus, I’m so glad you have a name and a history and that you’re not just some vague spirit god with no name that I’ve been deceived into believing like I used to be. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Faith must come from the God with a capitalized name or it is no real faith at all. All I can do is smile, LORD, and praise your name. In the powerful name of Jesus Christ, Amen.