What Is In The Name?

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Pale honey was the color I carefully chose. Anything would have been better than the color we inherited from the previous homeowners. The main bathroom made a statement with bright red sponge-painted on stark white walls.

Pale honey was not an easy decision. I explored color palettes and imagined. I taped paint chips to the walls. I purchased samples and painted swatches to see the actual colors in my actual room. I literally pondered the decision for months as the project slowly moved up in priority on our to-do list.

My husband remarked that I was giddy in anticipation. It took washing, spackling, sanding, two coats of primer and two coats of paint to re-do the bathroom walls. Now that all the walls are pale honey, it looks more yellow and less pale honey in my eyes. The lighting and room configuration affected my perspective. I am a little disappointed as I had to adjust my expectation to a slightly different reality.

Has that ever happened to you in your faith? We read, study, hear, and talk about Jesus. In our minds, we form expectations for who Jesus is and can be to us up-close and personal. We apply Jesus to our lives and can still feel disappointed by the results.

If you have ever felt this way, my advice to you is to persevere. We know that God is the giver of all good gifts. The Father’s best gift to us is Jesus Christ. God does not change like shifting shadows. It is our perspective that needs to be adjusted to His timing and His means.

God leads us into His newness. We choose to let go of the old. God’s Word challenges our human thinking. We choose His truth through faith in His Son Jesus. God takes us by surprise. We choose to embrace the adventures along God’s path. God requires more than we feel capable of giving. We choose to endure because Jesus endured the cross.

The name that changes and defines our life’s makeover is Jesus. For Jesus is the sweetest name that brings the brightness of the Son into our homes, lives, minds, and ultimately our hearts.

James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your English Teacher was Right!

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Choice of words matter. For one little word can change the meaning of an entire sentence. Your English teacher was right!

It was an unexpected question, directed at me and the person I was with. “Do you know Jesus?” I didn’t have to think about my answer. I have no doubt about who Jesus is to me. He is my LORD and Savior. So my answer was “Yes, I know Jesus.”

The other person hesitated a moment and carefully responded, “I know of Jesus.” That one extra word, “Of,” makes all the difference. Most people in the U.S. have heard of Jesus. But do you really know him? Do you have a genuine relationship with Jesus? Are you confident of your standing in heaven? Do you know peace that transcends all understanding and every crisis? Are you excited about your future?

It is possible. It begins by saying “Yes” to Jesus, followed by the commitment to get to know Jesus better. “I know Jesus” is so much better than simply, “I know of Jesus.”

 

Zechariah 14:9

The LORD will be king over the whole earth. On that day there will be one LORD, and his name the only name.

 

John 16:31

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.