Saturday, November 30, 2019

Don't mess with the Name...

"I had concern for my holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they came. Therefore say to the house of Israel, Thus says the Lord God: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came." - Ezekiel 36:21–22

Identity theft is a serious problem today. Great care is made to protect our wallets, credit cards and computers. The misuse of our names can mean the loss of all our possessions and future  financial credibility. Our name is not just who we are, but what we are, and ultimately, it's our very legacy. So, "sticks and stones, can break my bones" but don't mess with the name.
The Lord says ... "I have concern for my holy name". He isn't concerned with identity theft. It's all about the honor that He is due. It's about living before a watching world in a way that is worthy of His name. Israel was called to be Jehovah's inheritance and the apple of His eye, but they trampled His name under foot by their misconduct. His name was not only who He was, but what He was, and their lifestyle simply ... messed with His name.
So, how does this apply to you and me? From the day we place our faith in the Lord for our salvation, we become "Christ Ones" or Christians. We move through our daily activities identifying as a child of God. We call upon our Heavenly Father in prayer and we also invite others to believe in Him. But, when we choose to speak or act in a way that dishonors our Lord before a watching world, we are profaning His name. We may even use His name flippantly with such phrases as "Oh, my God". We are called by His name and if we fail to honor Him with our conduct...we're messing with His name.

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