When I was growing up, I remember my dad telling us kids, “Be careful how you act and the things you say because your name will follow you.
I had two older brothers, each of us five years apart. I remember my brother who was five years older than me that he went before me in school. As I followed him through school, I met many of this teachers/coaches along the way, and I began to notice that he had made a name for himself. Throughout my school years, several would ask me if I was so and so’s sister. When I said yes, they would tell me what a wonderful guy he was, or that they had thought the world of him. As the years passed, my face glowed when they asked me because I knew they had like him. I grew proud to be known as his sister, and therefore, I tried to keep the name spotless.
What About You?
How do you want your name to be remembered when someone speaks it? Will they speak favorably, or ill towards you?
Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth….” My dad was right.
Over 2,000 years ago in the tiny town of Bethlehem, a Savior was born. An angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph to proclaim that Mary will bear a Son. The angel said, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
Jesus’ name is powerful enough to save us from our sins, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
This is a time of year to reflect and thank God for all we have. We pray for health, safety, spiritual well-being, knowledge, wisdom, and understanding, and some even pray for wealth. But do we pray that the fruit of Spirit become more prevalent in our lives toward others? I know sometimes we can speak a pretty good game, and try to say all the right things, and do our best to sell Jesus to others, but how do we walk in His sight?
Figuratively speaking, can we walk down the street knowing that others will know that we’re a Christian? That we love Him with our strength, mind, and soul?
Do You Struggle With This?
I know I have. For whatever reason, our tongues get in the way, say things we shouldn’t, or remain silent when we should say something, sometimes our frustrations flare, and before we know it we’re acting in an un-Christian-like manner. And if you’re anything like me, it can be so irritating. “Why’d I do that?” “Why’d I say that?” “What’s wrong with me?” And so the story goes. I’m sure we’ve all been there, and it’s good that we feel bad because that’s how the changing process becomes fruitful.
However, if this behavior becomes a pattern, it’s something that we need to be aware of because good or bad, our name will follow us and we’ll be thought of as a not-so-friendly soul. And though we’re covered by God’s grace, we don’t want a bad reputation.
Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit….”
Give Me Jesus
Jesus’ name is powerful. When we say it, or think it, a wonderful feeling comes over us. It warms us and causes us to want to magnify his name and worship Him. And have you ever noticed that just saying the name of Jesus is like a breath of fresh air? Our unseen enemies even flee at the name of Jesus.
Yes! That is the name that can save us…there is no other name in heaven or earth…
“Many will come in My name, saying, “I am He! and will mislead many…” (Mark 16:3) “You will be hated by all because of My name….” (Mark 13:13)
Acts 2:38 says, “Repent ye, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
When the child was born in Bethlehem that day over 2,000 years ago, they named Him Jesus, and His name has followed Him to the ends of the earth even until this day. It is a name above all names. And for those who follow in His footsteps, our desire should be to draw others to Him. Do they know we’ve been washed in His blood? Do they know we belong to Jesus? Will they know by the way we conduct our lives as well as by the things we say that He is our Savior?
What’s In a Name?
A lot. There’s power in the name of Jesus. This is why so many have tried to erase His name from the public square. They want all traces of His name to be removed from society. And they keep trying, but they can’t do it. Nor will they ever because He’s far beyond a name, He’s real and He lives in the hearts of men/women.
What kind of name are you making for yourself? It’s never too late to change whatever it is you may be struggling with.
As we celebrate this holiday season, let’s keep the ‘Christ” in Christmas and show the world that they will never be able to erase Jesus from this world, because after all, it’s all in the name of Jesus that we “have our being.”
We don’t know for sure when our Lord was born, but let us remember Him, not only during the Christmas season, but also throughout the year. Let’s not be afraid to speak His Holy Name… for therein lies our strength.
Merry Christmas to you all.
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