Know His Name
This past Sunday, we were challenged to “build” a good testimony. So what does that look like? In service, we went over a few points of what such a testimony entails—transformation by grace, desire for discipleship, stories of God’s greatness, responsibility, and faithfulness at all costs.
All believers have a testimony of when they were saved—and it is good. Think of Paul being blinded by Jesus; think of your own moment of belief in the Gospel. It’s very good. But do all believers have a good name?
What is your current testimony? Not just what happened at salvation, but how is God sanctifying you daily? Pastor Chet said that the BEST defense for the faith is a good testimony, so it must be pretty important that we actively live one.
Paul confirms this when he urges the Corinthians that, “We are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15). We’ve got a smell—and it either blesses the Lord and those around us, or it makes them want to leave the room.
This can seem like a lot of pressure. Your first thought might be, “What do I have to do?” But as I asked the Lord this week what it practically looks like to have a good name, He reminded me of a song. In 2007, Hillsong released “To Know Your Name,” a song with some rock-solid lyrics. The chorus goes like this:
“And I know You gave / the world Your only Son for us / to know Your name / to live within the Savior’s love / He took my place / knowing He’d be crucified / and You loved a people undeserving”
It struck me—we will build a good name in proportion to the depth of which we know Jesus’ name and believe His testimony. Our testimony has never been based on our ability or good works. It has nothing to do with whether we experienced a dramatic conversion like Paul, or if we gave our lives to Jesus when we were six-years-old and have walked with Him since. Our testimony has everything to do with our experience and understanding of His character.
To know His name is to be transformed by grace. To know His name is to desire discipleship. To know His name is to see His greatness. To know His name is to recognize our responsibility to share it. To know His name is to know faithfulness! If we are in Christ, our name is found in His, because He owns us! He bought us at a price… “therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Friend, do you KNOW His name? Are you deeply familiar with the testimony of Christ’s love for you? Do you revel in His grace daily? His name IS the foundation of our testimony. When His love is what inspires us, we will naturally begin adding to our faith the qualities that He demonstrated: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
THEN will we build a name that makes us fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus (2 Peter 1:5-9). Then we will have a name that smells like Christ, a sweet-smelling aroma to a dying world.