πŸ’‘πŸ‘‘ What’s In A Name?

That’s the question Juliet asked upon learning that Romeo’s last name was Montague, the family name of her rival. When she went on to say, β€œthat which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet,” it is rumored that Shakespeare was poking fun at the Rose Theater, the rival of his own Globe Theater. The less-than-desirable sanitary conditions at the Rose were said to have created an atmosphere that was somewhat odoriferous!

The name β€œPaul” meansΒ smallΒ orΒ little,Β but the apostle who bore that name was originally called β€œSaul” (Acts 13:9), a name that meansΒ desired.Β When the people of Israel desired a king (I Sam. 8:5), God told the prophet Samuel to choose a man namedΒ SaulΒ (I Sam.Β 9:17). In relaying this to Saul, Samuel said, β€œOn whom is all theΒ desireΒ of Israel?Β Is it not on thee?” (I Sam.Β 9:20).

This prompts us to ask about the Apostle Paul, β€œWhy would a man whose name meansΒ desiredΒ choose to go by a name that meansΒ small?” We believe the answer is that he no longer wanted to be desired of men. He now wished to appear small in the eyes of men, so that the Lord would loom large in their sight, and they would begin to desireΒ HimΒ instead. If you are looking for fulfillment in life, you might want to consider following his example, for that is the only path of joy for a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s human nature to want to be desired of men, but it’s an evidence of divineΒ nature to desire to look smallΒ in the sight of men so that the Lord might loom large in their eyes. Why not choose the path the Apostle Paul chose. He started out as one who was desired of men, but learned to look at himself as β€œless than the least of all saints” (Eph. 3:8), one who longed that β€œChrist shall be magnifiedΒ in my body, whether it be by life, or by death” (Phil.Β 1:20). source

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