The Worth in a Name


Even as an infant, Moses was clearly set aside for a special purpose by God. For most of us, God will not do anything so dramatic as float us down a river to our enemy's daughter, but He can use everything from our names to family history to inform our purpose and identity. Listen to Erwin McManus teach how real value comes from the Lord.

Acts 7:18-34 (ESV)

18until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph.19He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive.20At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house,21and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son.22And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

23“When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel.24And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian.25He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand.26And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’27But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us?28Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’29At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

30“Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush.31When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord:32‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look.33Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.34I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Why do names matter? How does a name impact one's identity?
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Through what sources or means have you ever received the messages, "you are worthless, you are ordinary, you do not have value?" How has hearing (or sensing) these messages affected you or caused you shame?
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To many other Hebrews, Moses likely stood as a reminder of the absence and indifference of God. How does comparison to other people cause you to devalue your own identity?
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Erwin said that our real essence is the way that God identifies us, not those lies that you reflected on in the above questions. Who do you think God has made you to be? Based on your natural giftings, what purpose do you think the Lord is calling you to? What's the next step?
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Stop listening to the voices that say you are lowly or worthless. Listen to the one voice that has always known exactly what you have been created to be.

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