Think with me for a moment about the connection between the name of God and His glory. In Isaiah 42:8 God says, “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other.” David echoes this in Psalm 8:1; “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.” How then is this to affect us who ‘bear or carry’ the name of Jesus everywhere we go?
Notice what Jesus says to Ananias about Saul, the persecutor of the church who was suddenly stopped by the light of Christ and thoroughly converted; “But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15). We also who are ‘chosen in Christ’ (Ephesians 1:4) ‘bear or carry’ His name wherever we go. Let us make sure we carry His name well so that others everywhere can see the glory that is embodied in that name. Be sure that nothing in our lives misrepresents that name and His glory! This is a high and holy calling – to “be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12).
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