By No Other Name
When I am talking to a friend, it is nearly impossible to go an entire conversation and not have the names of Eric, Coco, or Soleil come up. Whether I am relating the latest cute thing one of my girls said or talking about something we’ve done recently, most my conversations revolve around them.
This makes perfect sense. Who I am, after all, is all wrapped up in the people I share a life with. I can’t go a few minutes without thinking of them, let alone speaking to or about them.
A few years ago, I was doing a Bible study and it was talking about the power in the name of Jesus. I realized as I read it that I was not in the habit of saying Jesus very often. Other than in the ‘in Jesus’ name I pray’ way.
This realization made me sad. Sure, I would tell of God’s wonderful works in my life, but to actually say the name of Jesus was rare. I don’t know why this was, it just was.
I heard Greg Laurie say one time that you can say the name of any religious figure and get almost no response, but when you say Jesus, people react. While I don’t want to toss around His name just because, I also didn’t want to go day by day and not acknowledge Him, either.
I made a concentrated effort back then to talk more about Jesus. To get in the habit of daily saying His name was not easy. I was (and still am) just used to saying, “God has done this for me,” or “God is so good.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I didn’t question my feelings back then; I just tried to say Jesus more often. I felt I should, so I did. Then, a couple weeks ago at church, our pastor taught on Acts 4. This verse jumped out at me:
Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is
” ‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12
By no other name will we be saved! It is good and necessary to proclaim the works of God, my father. But it is by the name of Jesus that we are saved. And so that name should be often on my lips!
With Good Friday and Easter upon us, we naturally think, hear, and speak more about Jesus. I for one want to let the work of the cross and the joy of the resurrection spill over into the rest of the year.
Say it with me today…Jesus!