Because of His Name
Because of His Name

Aaron Talbot • April 20, 2020

Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God (Hebrews 13:15-16).

Your name matters. Not just because it’s your name. Not just because a quick google search of your name will bring up links to your social media accounts and potential half started websites and forgotten blogs. Your name isn’t just a title or a way to get your attention or said rapidly and in full when your mother is angry with you. Your name represents you. Your name uniquely embodies your characteristics. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote:

A man’s name is not like a mantle, which merely hangs about him, and which one perchance may safely twitch and pull, but a perfectly fitting garment, which like the skin has grown over and over him, at which one cannot rake and scrape without injuring the man himself.

When our name is dragged through mud, we taste it. And so too when our name is sweetly sung. People bank it all on a name. Confidence is found in names. Teams are built around names. Army’s march because of names. Countries are formed by names and names of people. Your name matters. And for good or ill your name is remembered. Tiger King. Or, if you like, Carol Baskin. And well, as the old saying goes, a person with a bad name is already half-hanged. 

There is a name above all names: Jesus. What’s in His name? Jesus is synonymous with power, healing, grace, peace, love, and list goes on. When we pray in Jesus’s name, we pray with these ideal spiritual blessings in mind because our name is dependent on them. Without grace, for example, we would never be able to move on from our mistakes and wrongdoings, never-mind move on from what others have done. Our names would be associated with despair, frustration, bitterness, and even unhappiness. The name of Jesus gives us a new and better name. Though we may still have the same name as before, we have changed and thus our name too. 

Continue to align your name with His and you will experience the power of His name, namely, Him. We are who He says we are, and out of who we are we do what we do. Continue to do good. It’s in your name. Don’t forget that. Your name matters. It’s on the lips of our Savior. Do you hear Him calling you by name? He is. Listen for your name today and you will hear Him and be encouraged and do wonderful things because of His name. 

Pastor’s Note:

Thank you for your continued prayerful and financial support through the pandemic. Every week I hear of all the good that you are doing in our Lord’s name. If you’ve any questions, comments, concerns, and/or you're just bored from being stuck inside all the time, feel free to drop by the office, Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 4pm.

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