The precious Name “Jesus Christ” is constantly abused in the world, where people use it as a curse word. This verbal assault reaches all the way to heaven where every word is heard and recorded. When we trustingly whisper His Name, His aching ears are soothed.
(Devotional insight inspired by Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, devotional book, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2004)
In reflecting on this devotional insight of Sarah Young, it hit me: I have been conditioned and trained to live with great sensitivity to hearing my name called. Even if I am in any size gathering and someone is calling to another “Jonathan”, I immediately respond with body language or verbal affirmation. I can’t help it. That’s my name. It gets kind of humorous (or awkward), when another “Jonathan” other than me is the true target of call and the caller clarifies by saying to me, “Not you. The other “Jonathan”!”
Every day, thousands, maybe millions of people call out the Name “Jesus Christ” but not to call Him. Not to speak to Him. They call it out either in exasperation of an event in life, or in defamation of His character by attaching that Name with something that is far below what is virtuous, noble, and appropriate worthy of the Person behind the Name. “Jesus Christ” is called out in contempt, (defined as something being despised, dishonored, disrespected, disgraced) with no intent or attempt to seek His aid, His presence, His light, His truth, His help.
The thing is… He hears every usage of His Name…every time it is called out!
He, in His divine infinite omniscience, knows intimately the intent behind every usage. He registers every mention and motive, whether uttered by those who do not know Him or those who profess to know Him but still, sadly, use His Name in contemptible ways. (What’s possibly just as, if not more sad, is when His own people, refuse to call out His Name for aid only He can bring. Instead they call out for everything else OTHER than Him!) Truth is some of us followers of Jesus Christ, could use His Name a whole let less and call out His Name a whole lot more than we do!
I shudder to think of the doing day when all of us will stand before the actual divine Person behind the Name and give an account of all we have done in this body, whether good or bad… every thought… every word spoken… whether good or bad… even His Name!
Between now and then, maybe we should take time to reflect on the magnitude and meaning behind the Name “Jesus Christ”:
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the Name above all other names, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT)
The supreme issue is not what we think about His Name, but what He thinks of His own Name and how God the Father regards this Name that was given to Joseph by the angels, that not even demons will utter the way we do and can! The Name to which eventually, no living being will ever call out without properly attaching its significance to the One it belongs to. It is not the Name that makes Him great but He — in His character, His supremacy, His authority, His divine otherness — that makes that Name great… and greatly to be praised!
My we bless Him by calling out His Name in ways He loves to hear it, to seek Him, to honor Him, to love Him, to worship Him. Nothing less than these motives is worthy of Him and His wonderful Name.