All surnames are not created equal. There are some last names you’d really just rather not have. Toward the top of this list is probably “Iscariot.” How’d you like to have that for a last name? Someone comes along and says, “Hello fellow, what’s your name?”
You reply, “Well . . . uhm, my name is. . . Bill.”
“Bill what?” he asks.
You swallow hard and sheepishly reply, “Iscariot!”
“Iscariot?” He shouts, “You any kin to Judas?”
And he walks away laughing at the tragedy of your last name.
Anyone want to be known as Iscariot? Not me. Maybe that’s why I’ve never run into an Iscariot. Judas ruined that name for good.
Think what his father must have felt. Did you know the gospel of John mentions his dad?
“So when he dipped the morsel, He took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.” (John 13:2)
Poor Simon! Why’d they have to drag his name into it? What did he do to deserve that? He didn’t betray Jesus. His boy did!
Here is an interesting, if still tragic, reality: your actions affect other people. That is especially true of family. What was it like to grow up as the son of Benedict Arnold? Who in their right mind would trade places with the father of John Wilkes Booth?
We don’t live in a vacuum. My behavior affects others. My son’s actions reflect on me. I try to remind them that they are Dyes. I tell them, “That name means something. Be careful how you carry it.”
The same principle applies to our spiritual family. I was watching Cosby do his thing with kids. They brought in Art Linkletter and showed an old clip of a little girl. They asked her, “Who were Jesus’ parents?”
She said, “Mr. and Mrs. Christ.”
Maybe Christ wasn’t really the last name of Joseph and Mary, but it is a part of our name. We call ourselves, Christians. That means we identify with the name of Jesus Christ. Like any other family, our behavior bears a direct reflection on our kin. What you do as a Christian leaves a lasting impression about Jesus Christ. Be careful how you carry that name.
A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1)
Jesus gave you a great name. Christian. Be careful how you carry it.
That’s the good news, now have a great day.