What’s In a Name?

I have had this question on my mind for a while.  As a girl I really didn’t care for my name.  I thought, “Who would name their daughter Tara?  This is not a great name.  No one would know the true me behind this name.”  The teenage mind, right?  Well, I got to thinking during my quiet time one day.  What is in a name?  What does a name say about a person and what does God think of my name.  I began to do a little research on names. There. Are. So. Many.

Jesus, the name declared to Mary when the angel appeared to her and told her that she was going to carry the Savior of the world in her womb, literally means “Savior”.  This was what the angel told Joseph when he was considering divorcing Mary in secret so not to disgrace her name,  “She will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins”(Matthew 1:21 ).  Read the whole account starting in Matthew 1:18.  In verse twenty-three we read the prophecy told, ‘“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” which means, “God with us.”’  The name of Jesus was given by GodHe deeply cared about the exact name given to the son of the God.  The name of Jesus had purpose and great meaning to him.  As with the name of Jesus so too do our names have great meaning to God. I mean, every single one of our names is written in The Book of Life (Isaiah 49:16).

If God cared so much for the perfect name of Jesus then He surely cared deeply about the names of others.  Abram’s name was changed by God to Abraham and his wife’s name changed to Sarah.  He gave them a new name in Him and Abraham became the father to many nations and God’s friend. God’s friend! I just pray that I am considered this. What a huge honor!  God cared so much for Abraham that He gave him a new name and what was promised by God to Abraham in exchange for simple obedience was kept, “descendants as numerous as there were stars in the sky.”  I can’t be the only one excited at this.

So, I started to look at my name; this name that my mother and father gave to me; the name I thought had no important or great meaning to it.  Tara.  My name, Tara, means “a tower”.  At first I was like, “Um. Seriously? I am short.”  I know you are laughing with me. Kind of a kindergarten response, but I started to think about what the Word of God says about towers and then I did research again. (You are going to have to do research too.)  What I found was not all good.  There was the tower of Babel in Genesis eleven.  Ya know, the one that was built so that the people could reach the heavens to make a name for them and not be scattered over the earth.  Well, God confused their language for building that tower and scattered them all across the earth anyway.  Yeah, not such a good tower story.  But then I came to Proverbs 18:10 and there I found my name to God.  It says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”  This is my verse because what I want most is for all whom I come in contact with, in any form, is for them to feel that they are safe with me.  I want to speak the name of Jesus in truth and be a safe person in whom others learn the truth of God’s love.  This goes hand in hand with my passion of leading Titus II Woman Ministry.  However, cautionary footnote coming, I am still human and make mistakes.  I am still a work in progress, a process that will never cease.

So, I want to ask you, what is in your name?  What does your name mean?  What does God think of your name?  Find your verse in His Word and write it on your heart, on your mind, on your soul.  Also write it on an index card and put it wherever you need to see it all the time as a reminder that your name has great meaning in the sight of God.

Lord, my name once meant little to me, but today it has great meaning.  You have brought me from the womb with a purpose and my name has everything to do with that.  Take my name and make it Yours. I trust in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Tara DeMaris

Tara, graduate of Crown College, is the mother to four beautiful children.  Together, Tara and her husband, David, and their family make their home in Northwest Missouri.  Tara is passionate about reaching the hearts of women and young ladies.  She loves to write and teach God's Word.  God put a desire in Tara's heart over six years ago to start a ministry that reached women.  Today Tara has founded Titus II Woman Ministries and God is showing her miracles and his hand at work every day.

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