People can sometimes get caught up with names and titles. The story is told about a supervisor who noticed a new man on the floor and instructed him to step into his office. “What’s your name son?” “John” replied the new employee. The supervisor bristled, “Hey, I don’t know what kind of milk-toast outfit you came from, but we don’t do that stuff here. On this floor I don’t call anyone by his first name. It breeds familiarity that destroys lines of authority. Here it is last name only. Smith, Jones, Sanders. You got that? Now what’s your name son?” “Darling” sighed the new guy. “My name is John Darling.”

The supervisor thought for a moment and replied…“OK John, the next thing I want to tell you is…”

Names are important, but even more important is that as Christians we have a new name. That name is Brother and Sister.

Matthew 12:48-50 – But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that when you came into the kingdom of God you inherited a new family…and while we can never dismiss the importance of a person’s name, it’s good to know that we are all in the family of God if we have trusted Him as Savior. We have a new nature—and a new name!