Making a name

Zechariah 10:12 I will strengthen them in the Lord and in his name they will walk.

make-a-nameYou’ve heard the expression, “make a name for yourself.”  It generally means to be well known or respected and is accompanied by accomplishment.  For example, “Carrie Underwood has really made a name for herself since American Idol.”  Making a name for yourself often involves fame, wealth, and privileges.  That is, unless, you make a negative name for yourself.  People who do stupid things make names for themselves everyday.  But that’s probably not what they want to be known for.  No, we all want to make a name for ourselves in a positive light.  We want to be known and respected.  We want to be successful.

So what does it mean in Zechariah 10, when it says “in HIS name they will walk?”  It means that rather than walking in our own accomplishments, we will walk in His.  Rather than walking to achieve our own fame, we will strive to bring fame to His name.  To do that, we have to know where our identity lies.  We have to know who we belong to; we have to know our real name.

You see, walking in His name means that we walk as His son or daughter. It means knowing who we are and living to represent Him well.  When we go to work, we represent Him.  When we parent, we represent Him.  When we work through conflict, we represent Him.  We should be striving to represent Him well.  It should be in His name that we walk.  We should be making a name for Him!  So make a name, today.  But not for yourself.  Make a name for your Lord, that others would hear of His fame and want to know Him too.

*Who are you making a name for?