“Choose a good reputation over great riches, for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.” – Proverbs 22:1
Looking up into the profiles of some of the most influential figures in our history, this is how they are recognized:
- Abraham Lincoln, former president of the United States, Honest Abe.
- Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, founder of Microsoft.
- Adolf Hitler, a dictator, leader of the Nazi party who caused the systematic murder of the Jews in the Holocaust.
These people are known either by their good or bad reputation. The fact is that we remember people’s name by their character, standing and accomplishments.
In the same way, when we hear the name of Jesus, we remember Him as our Savior, Messiah, Redeemer, Healer, Light of the World, Son of the Living God, Miracle Worker, and Bread of Life. This is how we know Him by name, but to get to experience who Jesus is and what He can do in our lives is what He truly desires.
Jesus wants to touch the very core of our being so that we can call on His name in all our circumstances – good or bad. He wants to fill us with the Holy Spirit to change our hearts and renew our minds according to His purpose, so that we can take authority to heal the sick and drive out demons (Mk. 16:16-18). He wants us to work in signs and wonders to display to the world how powerful His name is!
The intensity of our intimacy with God will determine the level of confidence we have in declaring the powerful name of Jesus. We become more and more sensitive to the leading of the Spirit. We overflow with His presence, with His joy and with His love that leads us to easily talk about how amazing God is in our lives to the people around us and letting them know how He can do the same works in them.
As we learn how to use the name of Jesus in touching people’s lives, the devil will definitely make ways to discourage us and make us feel defeated by using people and situations in our lives.
This is why the Apostle Paul reminded us in Ephesians 6:10-12,” Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So how are you known by the people in your workplace? Your business partners or clients? In your community? Will they lighten up with a smile as they recall how you have blessed them? Or will they cringe at the sound of your name?
Do they recognize you and respect you as a God-fearing person? A person whom they could run to for help? Do they see Jesus in you? Are you living up to that name?
Or better yet, what will God say if He hears your name? Will He say, “Oh! This is my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased.”