The Expository Files

"Above Every Name"

The name Andrew Carnegie rings a familiar bell in my mind. The public library in my home town was called the "Carnegie Public Library," probably due to some of the private funding to build it.

I happened across this interesting story about Andrew Carnegie. As a boy in Scotland, he went out into the fields to play one day and returned with a rabbit. He quickly became aware that his new pet was soon to be a mother! In a few days he had four more rabbits to feed and care for. He pondered the challenge and came up with an idea. There were four kids in the neighborhood who often stopped by to visit the rabbit family. Young Carnegie made a proposal to his friends: "If you will go out into the fields and pick enough clover and dandelions to feed these bunnies, I'll name them after you." The plan worked very well; the four children diligently provided a plentiful supply of food, and the four rabbits were given their names. This illustrates the great importance people place on their names.

Hold that thought, and move from the human to the divine. If you are a Christian, you bear the name of the Savior, the Son of God! And His name is "above every name," (Phil. 2:9). What a privilege, what a soaring blessing, to bear the name of Him. And "if you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you...," (1 Pet. 4:14).

By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
 From Expository Files 7.10; October 2000