Read: Acts 11:19-26
Marie Curie, Hans Geiger, Rudolf Diesel, Samuel Morse, and Louis Braille have something in common. All of them invented or discovered something significant that bears their name. Their names, along with many others, appear in the “Encyclopedia Britannica’s Greatest Inventions,” a list of “325 innovations that have had profound effects on human life.”
We who follow Jesus bear His name. Luke records that “The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). Later, Peter urged the early Christians not to be ashamed of suffering as “a Christian” (1 Pet. 4:16). The term Christian, once attributed to Jesus’ followers in scorn, was embraced by them as a badge of honour, and a mark of allegiance to Him.
The former Chair of Classics at the University of Auckland, E. M. Blaiklock, wrote that in the first century the term Christian had “a certain appropriateness, for it implied loyalty and acceptance of a person, and that person, the Messiah (Christ) …. The true modern use of the word follows the same tradition….The Christian is one who accepts, with all its implications, the lordship of Jesus Christ.” Accepting the lordship of Jesus Christ over oneself is the crucial thing, and that encompasses every area of one’s life including that person’s life, ambitions, desires, decisions, friends, career, marriage, children, etc.
As followers of Christ today, we gladly bear His name as our Saviour and Lord. Do not be Christian in name only. Be a genuine Christian who bears His name and who represents Him to the world around you.