Luke 1:57-66 lectio: No. He is to be called John. Elizabeth and Zachariah have their baby. On the eighth day, family and neighbors come over for the circumcision ceremony, and they’re all calling the baby “little Zachariah”. Elizabeth says no, but they don’t take her seriously, protesting, “But that’s not the way we do things! We’ve never done that before!”
Whether you’re planting an emergent church, home group, or are just trying to get any sort of group together with an eye on doing something new, a warning: Well-meaning people will come and try to name what you are doing. “Oh, it’s a church. Oh, it’s a Bible study. Oh, it’s a youth outreach. Oh, it’s a Gen X thing.”
God’s power is released only when Elizabeth and Zachariah join together in saying, “No. We have a different name.” Let’s not be pigeonholed by anyone, whether they are Christ-followers, normal people… or ourselves.
++ Father, help us to fight the names that we are given, or even the names we give ourselves. Help us to live by the names you give for the dreams you dream. ++