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In Vain?

Change Your Name

A man in the Army of Alexander the Great who was also named Alexander, was accused of cowardly actions. He was brought before Alexander, who asked what his name was. He replied softly, “Alexander.”

“I can’t hear you,” the ruler stated.

The man again said, a little louder, “Alexander.”

The process was repeated one more time, after which Alexander the Great commented, “Either change your name or change your conduct.”

Source unknown, linked @ bible.org
I usually have at least one take-away from each week's sermon. This past weekend's topic in the series titled "10 Simple Rules" was the third commandment: "you shall not take the Lord's name in vain" (Exodus 20:7). Mac Lake, one of the teaching pastors at Seacoast, really broke it down for me when he took apart the meanings of the words. Literally, God is charging His people to not take up or carry "His name" in a manner that damages His reputation or diminishes His character. More than just avoiding using the names of God in cussing and such (the middle name of Jesus Christ is not "H.", and that sort of thing) - there's more the feeling that we represent the Father here on earth, and that representation should bring Him honor and renown. Too many times, Christians take it upon themselves to stand on opinions and on political platforms. Instead, I need to be about showing His truth, His love, His grace & mercy to those around me.

I wonder how many times I take God for granted, "taking His name in vain" and bringing dishonor to His name? I wonder how many times He is pleased that I carry His name, loving others in truth and being the salt & light He's made all of us to be? Midweek thoughts to chew on, meditating on His name.


Blogger janet said...

A couple weeks ago, one of our pastors taught on taking God's name in vain. He had an interesting spin in that we read with the accounts of Moses that God is known as "I am" .. He pondered the weight of describing the self as this, or that...

Not very descriptive on my part, but his points were interesting.

6/7/05 6:36 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

not complete nonsense :) - one speaker once looked at it as, "God never uses your name in vain, does He?"

6/7/05 8:35 PM  
Blogger Todd Ruth said...

Great thoughts!!!

8/7/05 11:30 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks - just messing with me over the week, you know?

9/7/05 9:53 AM  

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