6. You have the Name of Christ (1)

Last week we learned what our real purpose in life is: to be conformed into the image of Jesus. In other words to become like Him and to be like Him in this world. We need to be God's representatives in every way and lure people into His Kingdom. We need to attract people closer to Him. That is our main purpose, no matter our occupation. At the end of the day our occupation just gives us the access into people's lives, to influence them positively for His Kingdom. Our occupation opens doors for us to be an effective witness. Our occupations do not define who we are, God does.

In our society I have noticed that people define themselves according to what they do, according to what they achieve and not according to who they are in Christ. That is why when people stop working they suddenly have an identity crises, because who are they now? That is not the way it is supposed to be, we are one with Christ and we have His Name. Scriptures tell us that:

"For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named." Ephesians 3:14, 15

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:17

We have the Name of Christ and all that we do, we must do in His Name. Just think of the privilege and advantage people here on earth have if they have a certain surname. For example, people would really take extra care if they knew someone with the surname Mandela was coming to visit. Or in the US the surnames Bush or Kennedy automatically opens doors. A surname and the association with one can take people a long way.

And here we are and we have the Name above all names. Let us read Philippians 2:9, 10:

"Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth."

Jesus' Name is above ALL names, All. And we have the privilege of using His Name. We have the honour bestowed upon us to use His Name for the greater good of all. Doors open at the sound of His Name, sickness and demons flee when His Name is mentioned, glory comes raining down when His Name is exalted. There is power in the Name of Jesus. Not because of the Name itself, but Who the Name represents. It is not a magic charm, but along with the relationship with Jesus Himself, there is power beyond measure.

No wonder the Name of Jesus is attacked by the enemy. This is the one Name they use as a curse word in movies. They never use the name Mohammed, or Buddha as a curse word, never. But they use the beautiful Name of Jesus Christ. Why? The devil wants to discredit the Name and show the world that it has no power and that it should be used to curse with. But he is the biggest liar, because he knows that when we fully realise the power in the relationship with the Son of Man behind the Name, we will be unstoppable and cause untold damage to his dark kingdom.

Stand up and realise who you are. Speak out and proclaim His power in this world. You have His Name, the Name above all names. And every knee shall bow before His Name, every knee. Therefore go out and walk with your head held high knowing who you are in Him. Not in a prideful manner, but with dignity, knowing that nothing shall by any means hurt you (Luke 10:19). Jesus has conquered the grave and nullified the power of the enemy. He is exalted above all and has all the power in the Universe. And you have His Name. Meditate on this this week and realise how privileged you are.

Father thank you for giving us this amazing gift of being able to use the Name of your Son. You have exalted Him above all. You have elevated Him above all else in this Universe and we praise Your Name. We stand in awe that we are part of something so much greater than we are. And we take this privilege seriously and will stand up in this fallen world and will use His Name for the greater good of all. Amen

2 comments for “6. You have the Name of Christ (1)”

  1. Gravatar of AudreyAudrey
    Posted Thursday, 16 March 2017 at 8:25:22 AM

    Thank you!!

  2. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Sunday, 19 March 2017 at 5:34:24 AM

    True. The Name of Jesus,higher than any other name. Thank you.

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