The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"A Name To Be Remembered"
I recently watched an interview from many years ago with a well known personality who professes faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. "Everybody knows my name!" she exulted. I mean no disrespect by the thoughts that follow, and I do not question the genuineness of her relationship with God. However, born again believers in the Lord seek not the notoriety of their own names, but rather the glory of Another:
"Not unto us, o Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory, for Thy mercy and Thy truth's sake!" (Psalm 115:1).
In terms of eternally enduring worth and significance, the awareness by many or few of our own names means nothing. Nobody can be redeemed from sin by our name. No one can better walk with God because they know our name. Nor will others knowing our name mean anything at all as we breathe our last earthly breath. One Name only provides salvation, life, and righteous aspiration both now and forevermore:
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:9-11).
Nearly a half century after the personality mentioned has seen her name on marquees around the world, I wonder what it means to her now? If she truly knows the Lord Jesus, the glimmer of seeing her name in bright lights must surely have faded in her heart and mind. Indeed, the more one knows the Savior, and the more one discovers the sacrifice He suffered for our redemption and newness of life in Him, the more "Not unto us… but Thy name give glory!" becomes the guiding motivation of our hearts. No name warrants glory that does not belong to the One whose body eternally bears the prints of nails and the wound of a spear. May we then seek to further not our name's renown, but rather "that Name which is above every name."
"I will make Thy Name to be remembered in all generations: therefore, shall the people praise Thee forever and ever."
Weekly Memory Verse
Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.