Focus Scripture: 1 Kings 9:3
I have consecrated the temple, which you have built, by putting my Name there forever.
A few years ago, we were asked to bring "ethnic" pitchers to Annual Conference for use in the service of remembering our baptism. I asked about bringing a pitcher from my ethnicity, which is very WASP, by the way--a porcelain pitcher. I was told, "of course you can bring it." As I looked more closely at the picture, which went back several generations in my family, I had second thoughts. It bore the mark, "Lamoge." Was I going to risk what appeared now to be a precious family heirloom?
But then I did some research. Turns out the mark stating "Lamoge" also proved it was a knock off. I was amused that 150 year ago or more, some relative of mine undoubtedly overspent buying a knock-off Lamoge.
Shakespeare penned "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." But of course, there is much in a name. God consecrated the temple, simply by putting God's name there.
Moses proved that he was chosen by God to lead the Israelites, by revealing God's name, Yahweh. Haggar too named God, "El-Roi" to signify that she saw God. Names have power. What is the power of God's name for you?