What’s In A Nickname?

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Abraham Lincoln once served as a character witness, although it is doubtful he did much good. When asked about the word of a man named Peter Lukins, Lincoln responded honestly, “Well, he is called Lyin’ Pete Lukins.”

In the Scriptures, we get some insight into the nature of some biblical characters by the names they are given. For example, Jacob is called Israel or one who struggles with God, and Barnabas is called the “Son of Encouragement.”

Some of these names were imparted by Jesus Himself, like Simon Peter the Rock or the Sons of Thunder, James and John.

So, what might Jesus give you as a nickname? He knows our hearts and our ways better than anyone.  Complainer? The Servant? Joy Killer? Learner? The Encourager? The Gossip?

What trait is the one that defines us in the eyes of others?  Is it one that is befitting of a Christian?  

“Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;  but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name” (1 Peter 4:15-16).

Barry Haynes
Hope church of Christ
Hope, AR

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