Brian and I struggled with deciding on a name for our baby the entire time I was pregnant. We agreed to meet our son, discover his personality, and then select the perfect name for him. It was definitely a God thing because, without realizing it, the meaning of his name had been our prayer all along.
We named our son Caleb Andrew. Caleb, (which is also his uncle’s middle name), from the Old Testament, was a dedicated, wholehearted servant of God who, along with Joshua, entered the Promised Land because of his faithfulness to the Lord.
But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. (Numbers 14:24 NIV)
We chose Andrew as his middle name, after Andrew, a disciple of Jesus, found in the New Testament. In every Biblical account that mentions Andrew, he is bringing people to come to know Jesus.
The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. (John 1:35-42a NIV)
The evening we found out I was pregnant and every day since, we have dedicated our child’s life to God. We prayed that our baby would serve God with all of his heart, soul, and strength for his entire life, and he would lead many to know the love of Jesus Christ. We pray that through our son’s short life many will come to dedicate their life to following Jesus.