The Mustard Seed
What does the Commandment "You shall not misuse the Name of the Lord your God" mean? In our previous discussion about this commandment, we learned that a literal translation of the Hebrew text can look like this: You will not carry the name of YAHWEH your God for nothing. We saw that applies to people who pretend to be believers; they have religion but they don't have Christ.
This commandment also speaks to those of us who truly know and love Jesus Christ, but we experience defeat in our daily walk with Him. We repeatedly find ourselves surrendering to temptation. Or our feelings of disappointment and bitterness seem to hold us captive. Or our critical spirit drives people away. Saint Paul said it this way:
"I don't do the good things I want to do. I keep on doing the evil things I don't want to do... What a terrible failure I am! Who will save me from this sin that brings death to my body?" (Romans 7:19,24 NRIV)
Then Paul answers his own question:
"I give thanks to God who saves me. He saves me through Jesus Christ our Lord." (v.25)
We find our victory in Christ, not in ourselves. The name "Jesus" means "The Lord Saves." He saves us not only from the eternal punishment that our sins deserve, He also saves us from sin's power to control our lives.
Many of us are like a sick patient telling our doctor, "The medicine you gave me isn't doing any good. I am not getting any better."
The doctor asks us, "Are you taking the medicine like I told you?"
"Well..." we answer, "No, not really."
Christ and His Word are our remedy for our sickness of sin. When temptation hits me when I am weak, I will call on the Name of Jesus. And when people disappoint me or hurt me, instead of focusing on them and becoming bitter, I will focus on Jesus. He is my Savior. I will not carry His Name for nothing!
~~ Pastor Ron
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