As I think about this, I figured I would look up my name to see if I could find any new revelation. Growing up I knew it meant “lover of horses” from the Greek. Since then while I was at leadership training I learned a new meaning and then today I looked it up and found on a website a bit more. Even before I knew the meaning, I liked horses. Today’s finding on the website added something different. It showed me:
The name Philip is a Biblical baby name. In Biblical the meaning of the name Philip is: Warlike; a lover of horses.
It’s interesting too how God can give us a new name. Consider Simon (meaning reed) who changed to be Peter (meaning rock). Not only a name change, but also a meaning change. There is value in a name.
Today’s devotional (Character Of A Great Leader – Day 4) is on the topic of names. Let’s check out the Bible verses from today’s reading and see what we can learn…
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. 2 The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.
–from Proverbs 22
Consider your name! Consider the labels being put on you? What do others call you? Is it a name that is good? Do you see the riches from it? Does it find favor? Do you realize the value in your name?
As I considered the people in the Bible, I felt a connection to Philip the evangelist who had 4 daughters who were prophetesses. I remember a morning when I was praying to God asking Him if I would have a son, knowing that with the connection to Philip in the Bible and seeing my only daughter who was displaying possible prophetess actions, I asked Him saying “I am ok with 4 daughters, but if I am going to have a son, can you let me know?” That morning my daily reading was about the promise of the son Isaac to Abraham and Sarah. That day I told my wife that we would have a son and instead of the name Benjamin (which had been the name I had picked originally) our son’s name would be Isaac. It’s been almost 9 years since we receive the promise … my son Isaac. Name was important, God promised me an Isaac and so we named him Isaac.
Today’s reading continues with …
7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
–from 1 Samuel 16
God’s not looking at the outside, He is most interested in the heart! David wasn’t the biggest or the oldest, but He was the one chosen by God! David had a heart after God! Nothing would be impossible because no matter what came up, David would turn to God for wisdom even when what was before him seems the same, He didn’t assume that it would play out the same way, but rather turned to God and asked Him for wisdom to know how God would want David to act this time. David wasn’t perfect. He made mistakes. But he turned back to God with a repentant heart asking for forgiveness and getting back into alignment with God. So even if it seems the same, we can’t assume how we should walk through it, we need to follow after God’s will for He has plans that are greater than our plans and a purpose so much greater than our purpose, and in and through it all He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name.
So let’s take a hold of our name. The one we were given and the one God would give us! For some it is the same and for others it is different.
Were you transformed like Simon who went from being a reed (that would be blown around by the wind) to becoming the rock on which Jesus would build His church named Peter?
Were you like David who kept his name, but was called out because of your heart?
Realize there is importance in your name! Realize as a leader the importance in a name – yours and those who are following after you. Will you call them up to a new level? Will you speak hope into their lives? Will you speak love into their lives? Will you speak truth into their lives?
We need to choose to have our names be good! It’s worth more than any amount of money could ever buy.
Today’s devotional (Character Of A Great Leader – Day 4) speaks into this topic as follows…
“Great Leaders Value The Name”
Do you know the meaning of your name? Each of our names has its own special meaning, even though many parents today don’t pay much attention to it. Names used to tell so much more about a person.
As leaders and influencers, we may not realize that just the sound of our names will evoke thoughts, memories, and emotions in others. As we go about our daily business, taking care of the bottom line and realigning our organizations, our names keep making a mark on those around us, whether we intend them to or not.
In Proverbs 22, we are told that a “good name is more desirable than great riches.” We are told that to have the esteem of others is so much better than wealth, possessions and positions. But do we lead in such a way that reflects our desire for a “good name”? Or do we place more value on our positions, power over others and building wealth—all the while completely disregarding our names?
Every day, we face a choice. Will we be a genuine, authentic, or will we sacrifice our “good name” to get our own way—achieving results with questionable means that appear to “justify” the end and disregard others in the process?
When tempted by Satan, Jesus also had a choice to make. He could have chosen food, safety and power versus obedience to His Father’s will. You see, choosing to focus on our good names will often require sacrificing an immediate benefit, or so we think. In reality, what we gain in exchange is much more precious in the eyes of God. Long-term, it will prove to be the best leadership decision we’ve ever made.
–from Character Of A Great Leader – Day 4