[CF Devotionals] 2010-03-07 - Presenting Ourselves in His Name

The Ten Commandments, Part 17

The Third Commandment, Continued

Those that receive those that come in the name of Christ are blessed. "I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name, because you belong to Christ, will certainly not lose his reward " (Mark 9:41).

In the account of the Sheep and Goat Judgment, Christ makes it clear that those that represent Him are synonymous with Him. "I tell you the truth; whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" (Matthew 25:40).

When we represent the Lord, calling ourselves Christians, we are presenting ourselves in His name. So how men treat us reflects on how they feel about God, but the question is: how are we treating God's name when we represent it? This opens the question of: are there more ways that you can think of, that we may be guilty of using God's name in vain, without even realizing it?

It becomes clear, that since we call ourselves Christians, we represent ourselves with God's name, and therefore reflect on Him. We are, in effect, His ambassadors. If we behave in some way that brings dishonor on the Lord, are we not then taking His name in vain? If we commit to do something, and we don't do it, are we not making His name to mean nothing? Our lives must demonstrate the fact we are truly God's children, so men looking at us can see Christ through us. Haven't you heard the charge that the church is full of hypocrites? Granted that the claim is often made by those looking for an excuse to avoid the body; nevertheless, let us pray we are not guilty of living in a way that validates this accusation.

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