Saturday, March 12, 2011

For His Name's Sake

I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point. When I was little, I almost never got into trouble. At least not while I was outside the walls of our home. I never got sent to the Principal's office. I never had a "run in with the law". I was a good kid who always tried to be on my best behavior. Like I said, I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point. And, my point is this. How I behaved reflected on my parents. I knew what I did would either bring them praise or....embarrassment. I knew this because my father told me so.

"Stacy, where ever you go and whatever you do, remember this. You are wearing my name. When you were born I proudly gave you my name as your own. Wear it proudly. Never do things that will bring shame to you or to your family name." My behavior - good or bad - in a certain way, reflected on my parents.

Now, I have a new name. I have been adopted into a new family. I am now a daughter of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. I now wear HIS name. As a Christian, I, too, have a responsibility to be on "my best behavior". Not to bring praise to me, but to uphold the name of my Heavenly Father. I need to live my life for His name's sake.

Have you ever stopped to think that your behaviour is directly interwoven with God's reputation?

Reputation-

Dictionary.com defines reputation as the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally.

Reputation is who people THINK we are. Character is who we REALLY are.

Through reading God's word and the guiding of the Holy Spirit, you and I have come to know the true character of God. He is merciful and just, forgiving and kind, faithful and true. We know who God really is. But sadly, not everyone does.

Your life may be the only Bible some people read. ~Author Unknown


Stop and think about this for a minute. (You may even need to read this a couple of times before the depth of the meaning soaks in.)

When our behaviour tarnishes God's reputation, His real character is in jeopardy of never being seen.


When we call our self a Christian, we are wearing Christ's name. As others watch us living out our lives, are they seeing Christ for WHO HE REALLY IS?

Does what we DO make is difficult for others to see WHO God is?

Are we bringing glory and honor to His name, or are we tarnishing it by our un-Christlike behavior?

What is your life telling others about your God?

What is mine?

Is our character ruining God's reputation?

Are we living our life for His name's sake?

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16, The Amplified Bible


7 comments:

  1. Stacy,
    Love this post! I would love to one day use the quote, "Your life may be the only Bible some people read" (au) and i will attribute it to you and your blog. What an awesome message!
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog. I think if we meet in North Carolina, we will become good friends! I already know that I like you!
    My heart will smile too if you are selected!!
    Ruthie

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  2. I was studying Psalm 23: 1-3 this morning and I didn't understand the phrase "for his name's sake" so I went to the internet to find definition and it brought me to your page here. I not only understand now, but was touched by what you wrote. Thank you.
    I thank God for leading me to your page.

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  3. Thank God for the sharing and spreading of His Word! Thank U for opening the eyes of our understanding!

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  7. Stacey, I have been meditating for a little over a week on Psalm 23. I have had more revelations on this than I can even name, but when I came to "for His names sake" I got kind of stuck. I was sure it meant that we are righteous through Christ, and God leads us on paths to Him. But I wasn't absolutely sure, so I started looking online and didn't find anything that I really believed. That is until I found this just this morning. This blog has really struck me. Thank you so much for explaining this! It has truly touched me in a meaningful way. Thank you so much!! I feel am beginning to understand what this part of the passage means. God bless you and I hoe to read more of your thoughts in the future.
    -Ashley P

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