Day 27, or The Name of Jesus
There is power in a word. There is power in a name. There is meaning and consequence in the words we decide to hold back, and the way in which we put words together. We always refer to the ancient adage—“actions speak louder than words.” And it is true that we are defined by our actions, but how important is the act of considering what we say? I believe the depths or shallows, the hidden meanings or plain statements in a person’s speech speaks volumes about his priorities.
With this belief then, how often do I, as a Christian, decide to hold back a word? A particular word that I know may be taken as offensive, provocative, or condescending by those who don’t trust my motives or know my intent. How often do I fear for the fate of my popularity, my comfort, my image if I say the word? Because there is no doubt that the word is a controversial one in this world. It has struck love, hate, curiosity, and bewilderment into any heart that hears it. What is this powerful word?
You want to talk about a nameless god, a vague concept of a creator, incorporeal spiritual ideas, that’s fine. They’re safe because they can’t touch people’s well-crafted shrine of self-comforting beliefs. But you want to talk about Emmanuel, God made flesh, who came down from Heaven and walked and lived among us, who healed the sick, walked on water, poured out His blood, and allowed His body to be broken as human sacrifice? That’s not fit for normal conversation.
Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think there’s a wrong time to talk about life, death, and salvation. And I don’t want to be afraid of talking about it anymore.
Jesus is the savior of the world. He’s my everything. And I think I owe Him the courage to tell everyone all He’s done for me, and all He wants to do for them.
Philippians 2:1-11 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,
but emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness.
And being found in human form,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to the point of death—
even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue should confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
My prayer for today:
Jesus, fill my heart with love of You, and make me always joyful and unafraid to speak Your name to whomever I meet.