Thursday, October 11, 2012

What’s in a name?

A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. Ecclesiastes 7:1

I did not grow up in a Christian home. My parents were upright citizens and good people. My father did not know the Bible but he did know principles.

He would always “preach” to us about our name, he stressed being upstanding and solid citizens. He would talk about how not to tarnish the name we were given, making us realize that people were watching and people would take notice when we did the right or wrong things.

His goal as a parent was to make sure we did not tarnish his good name. What about the name of our Father in Heaven? We need to not blemish the name of God in our actions, words or deeds.

We need to realize that the non believer is watching what we do. People are looking to see if we live by the name we preach. Even thought the non Christian  may not know the Bible a lot of them do know some of the principles in the Bible.

The principles of the Bible are not taught as they were when I was growing up i.e. moral living, reaping and sowing, responsibility for actions, the ten commandments, but some of these have been passed down to the current generation. Even if the current generation does not know right from wrong, we as Christians do or should know. We need to be an example and bring glory to the “name of our Father”.

Take a moment to review the things you do, the places you go, the things you watch or listen to. Are your everyday actions bringing honor to Your heavenly Father's name?

Have a blessed day,

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