‘Something about the name Jesus’ series
No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God. (NLT)
Jesus was referring to the Jewish leaders who chastised Him for healing a lame man on the Sabbath. This man had been sick for 38 years.
This scripture is also true for the people in today’s world.
We would boldly honour others – friends, family, colleagues, celebrities etc. instead of honouring Jesus. This statement is not just about unbelievers but believers too! We would boldly show honour, respect and caution to others before demonstrating all this to Jesus.
Praising a colleague at work comes naturally. Praising Jesus does not.
Why? Because we do not want to destablise the natural order of things by bringing ‘religion’ into the mix or look like a ‘religious’ nut.
The moment you mention the source of your joy, the source of your peace, your happiness aka Jesus then you are done for. You can literally see the change in facial expression when you say ‘Jesus’. Even if it is just “God willing” or “I have to thank God that I even got this job”.
In today’s world we are having to suppress our ‘craziness’ for God by limiting it to ‘Godly areas’ – the church, among Christian friends, and even Bible Study groups within the workplace (‘don’t say His name too loud in case Bob from HR hears’)
I do not believe in ‘religion’ (the world has even tainted that name) but I believe in a personal relationship with God. However, many of us hide behind this statement so that we do not offend others particularly unbelievers. Whether it be on this blog, or simply responding to our colleagues when they ask ‘why are you so happy?’ (or along those lines).
However, we can not hide behind this statement if it means that we are trying to appease more than lift the name of Jesus and honour all that He has done for us.
We may not realise we are even denouncing the sweet name of Jesus through our actions, reactions, silence etc. And I do not believe that we should condemn ourselves if we are as Jesus does not condemn us.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (NKJV)
But that does not mean we shouldn’t do better. Otherwise what is stopping us from killing everyone if we know that His grace saves us.
No, we should not test God’s grace once we are aware of an area that needs correction. Instead, ask God for help instead of trying to ‘fix yourself’ in the hopes of making yourself more presentable before you come God and then condemning yourself when you fail. This cycle of torment is not good for the psyche and is very discouraging It is a reflection of how we truly view God, if we think He will condemn us for our weakness.
(I have been there, done that and hope to stop doing it).
For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust. (NLT)
He already knows that we are weak that is why His grace picks us up, yet we must still go to Him and ask for His grace with the things we struggle with.
Verbally ask each time your fall – ‘Jesus, help me to conquer this issue, and the thoughts that condemn me and keep me away from You’.
Remember His grace never runs out. His love for us never stops when we mess up. Neither does His willingness to help us when we come before Him and surrender our issues and submit our lives to Him.
Also, please remember that devil does the opposite of God and he wants you to believe that all of this is not true.
He presents negative thoughts in your head as your own, but they truly are not. They do not have to be once we accept Jesus as our Lord /and Saviour.
I will no longer deny the name of Jesus – His power, who He is, what He has and still does for me, all for the sake of being politically correct and not offending anyone. Why is the name of Jesus even in the category of offensive or ‘red flag’ terms to avoid. It speaks to the world and it’s nature, moreso to Jesus. No wonder Jesus says “I am not of this world” (John 8:23). The world did not accept Him when He came to fulfil His assignment from God, and they do not accept Him now.
I pray that people in the world would come to Him from my personal experience of knowing that the things of the world do not compare to His love. I want people to experience it and be saved from their convictions.
I am on that path now. I still have struggles but I am not alone.
His Name is The Sweetest Name I Know
This image for this post is from a ‘honey mask’ treatment website hahaha