Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name given among men, whereby we must be saved. – Acts 4:12
I was listening to “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong. I have heard the song several times before on His Radio and even listened to the Lifeline praise band play it. Something just happened. I was so surrounded by the presence of God all I could do was just weep, tell Him I’m sorry, and tell Him that I loved Him. I look so forward to a resurrected body that can take His Presence for a lot longer than I can take it now.
After this experience, I have become hyper-aware of how misused His Name is. It’s not like I haven’t heard people misuse it before. It’s not like I haven’t misused it myself. But, there is just this sense when I hear His Name used out of exasperation, frustration, or anger that makes my soul cringe for a moment. How is it that no other god, goddess, or deity has his or her name attached such blasphemy? It is only “Jesus”, “Jesus Christ”, or “God” that gets thrown out there.
As I read Acts 4:12 I begin to understand. In a world that is currently preaching tolerance, Christianity is a very intolerant religion. Jesus Himself said that He was the only way to Heaven in John 14:6. He didn’t say He was a way to Heaven, but the only way to Heaven. Therefore, if the enemy can get a person to misuse that Name when simple circumstances are less than desirable, then what a victory he has won. It must bring him so much pleasure to watch people, even many Christians, use so wrongly the only Name that can save them, change them, and grant them eternal life.
Lord, help me to truly honor Your Name. If I’m going to call myself a Christian, help me live in such a way that others would be ashamed to use it in vain around me. Help the lost come to the realization of just how beautiful Your Name is. My prayer is that all who read this would be saved before it before it is too late. I am so sorry it has taken me this long to really appreciate You and Your Name. Even now, I know I’m just scratching the surface. Give me as much of You as I can stand.