There’s a song by Matt Redman dubbed WIDE AS THE SKY. A part of it sings “let all the other names fade away till there’s only you” and goes on to say “Jesus take your place”.
We may think of the other names as other gods and other ideologies that seem to be exalted above Jesus. This may be true but I would like us to take this from a different perspective.
Most of us, if not all of us would like to make a name for ourselves; be it on our school campuses, workplaces, our towns, cities, countries and in the world at large. We look up to celebrities and historical figures and wish to be like them because they made seemingly indelible marks in the lives of people. Their names therefore live on even after they are long gone.
We follow this persuit to be the big shots, be it as business tycoons, ground breaking surgeons, researchers, musicians and so on. “People must know I was here some” we say.
Can we individually say we persue the same thing for the name of Jesus? For the one who’s name is truly indelible?
In Revelations 22:4 we see that the servants of God shall see His face and His name shall be upon their foreheads.
Imagine having another person’s name on your forehead. Everyone who sees you for the first time would probably call you by that name.
In Numbers 6:27 the Lord desired to put His name on the Israelites as well.
Do we want to make His name known as much as we do ours? Has Jesus taken His rightful place in our lives? Do people see us and see His name on our foreheads? (figuratively speaking no need to go and tattoo Jesus on your forehead) Have our names faded away till there’s only Him?
Lecrae says in the song “Background” “It’s evident you run the show so let me back down, you take the leading role and I’ll play the backround. “
Today I saw the sun bleed I stepped out so he touched my skin His uv rayed hands caused my dermis to give in Tapping out with a production of vitamin D my melanin tried to show some sympathy But he was bleeding due to the tragedy he was seeing from light years away, in the milky way His favorite planet was in dismay
Today I saw the sun bleed His blood dropped to every ground and floor that he saw I looked to see the color of his drip but it’s brightness was too thick
Today I saw the sun bleed I wondered if he would till eternity After I was long gone from his kingdom I wondered If his blood would last till last last
Today I saw the sun bleed And he was not happy I could see from his eyes’ intensity
he stared at me
Today I saw the sun bleed I realized he was in need In need of a blood transfusion For he bled without rejuvenation There was not cloth to even try and block He knew he would soon suffer hypovolemic shock
Who in his right mind will wash the outside of a filthy cup without washing the inside, and afterwards drinks water from it? Yet it’s sad that this is happening in the lives of many.“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”
These were staunch Jews who followed the law of God to the letter.
Many times we fail to see them from this point. They esteemed all the works of the law and did their very best not to bend from it but Jesus revealed something unto them; they were hypocrites.
“Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.”
Doesn’t this look familiar? Where some follow tradition and neglect the law of love.
Where because this person is not a member of your church so you won’t lend him money, where you claim to be a Christian yet your speech is filled with vulgar language and harshness. Is it not written, who ever says to his brother Raka is liable to judgement?
Some of us lift up hands during Sunday service, with tears flowing more than the river Jordan yet don’t show respect to anyone, not even the elderly or our parents, yet we claim to love God so much. It is written, if you love me keep my commandments.
The Pharisees failed to understand scripture from a spiritual level and so were found just following traditions and neglecting what God wanted them to do.
◦ It is my sincere prayer that as we vigorously study the word of God and meditate on it day and night the Holy Spirit broods on our hearts that we may not be hypocrites but true children of the most high God.
Many of us don’t know our identities. We believe in what society says about us but fail to understand who we are and what we’re actually made of.
This is as a result of wrong information. We are made to believe that unless we get the latest smart phones, fly kicks and have the finest girls we’re not “cool”. We end up trying to fit in. Trying to be what people expect in order to gain a high social status but we’re more than this. We’re more than what we own or wear. There’s more to life than just that.
Who are you?
Don’t just try to fit into society because you seem to be a social misfit. Know your culture. Know your identity.
We were created by a creator and from this creator I find my identity.
The heart is very complex. I’m not talking about the physical, biological heart but the emotional heart.
The heart is deceptive.
God looks at the heart while man looks at the outward appearance. I believe God is the only one who understands our hearts. Not even the bearer of a heart understands its ways. It takes the creator of all hearts to do this. He knows the hearts of humans are dark and evil yet God wishes to illuminate the darkness within us. Ephesians 2:5 says“Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)”
Ephesians 2:5 KJV http://bible.com/1/eph.2.5.kjv
God wishes to cleanse our evil hearts that we may love Him as He loves us. That we may hate sin and Love His Word. The love God has for us cannot be compared to any form of affection under the sun.
He could have damned humanity eternally due to our disobedience towards Him yet he still longs for us to come back to Him. This is why He sent Christ to redeem us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 KJV http://bible.com/1/jhn.3.16.kjv