Another Backfire

16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name (1 Peter 4).

We know that the name “Christian” was first given to the believers at Antioch (Acts 11:26), probably as a pejorative term by unbelievers seeking to make fun of them them: “Oh, you little Christ, you!” How fitting that their attempt to humiliate became a source of glory to God. Thus, much like the Cross itself backfired on Satan, so did this name-calling by his minions. Yes, indeed, those of us who travel the narrow way will always be derided by those along the broad. It comes with the territory.

We read here that we are “to glorify God in this name”—and it’s not a suggestion, but a clear command which we should neither overlook, nor take light of. We are to take every derision, every insult, every rejection, and every pain (whether emotional or physical) as an opportunity to glorify God by glorying in “this name”—this wonderful and glorious name pointing to Christ Jesus, that Name above all names, and at whose Name every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (Philippians 2:10-11).

Lord, what an unspeakable privilege it is to bear the name Christian! On This Day may we all bear it well! Amen.