week we are going to be starting a new series I am calling “UnQualified.” There
are many days and many instances that I feel very unqualified to do what is
being asked. For instance, being called “The Apostle” by our Panama churches -
when I think of the Apostles, I do not think of myself in any way as qualified
for that title. When the princess was born, I felt more than a little
unqualified to be “dad.” When I helped coach the High school football team in
Wood River, IL and the players and other coaches would address me as “coach,” I
always looked around to see where the head coach was, feeling very unqualified.
And soon I'll be called, "father-in-law" - how do I live up to that? Do you ever
feel that way?
With that in mind, here is something for you to chew on; As the “Bride of Christ,” we take His Name, we bear His Name. Are we living our lives in vanity, poorly reflecting His Name? or are we allowing our lives to glorify His Name?
first installment of this series, this week we are going to be looking at one
of the 10 Commandments. Let’s look at Exodus
20, specifically at verse 7,
which is the third commandment. I have it here from the New American Standard
Bible. Exodus 20:7 NASB “You shall not take The Name of
the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not leave him unpunished who
takes His Name in vain.”
As I just pointed out, this is one of the Ten Commandments. More than that, it is the one I feel I have misunderstood more than any of the others. “Don’t take the Lord’s Name in vain.” I used to think this commandment had a very specific and limited application. For me, it basically boiled down to not saying, “Oh, my God!” or any derivative of that, like “OMG” when shocked or excited. It meant not saying, “Jesus Christ!” when someone cuts you off in traffic. But this commandment is about far more than just how you use God’s Name as a vocabulary word; it’s about how you “take” His Name as a way of life. In other words, do you live according to who He is?
So, I have to ask: “Does your life reflect His identity?” The very moment you surrendered your life to Jesus, you took on His identity. You chose to no longer identify with yourself, with your ways, or even with your own will. Just as a slave is identified only by his/her master, so we become “bondservants” of Christ.
But unlike any other lord or any other savior; He who is both Lord and Savior; God incarnate, chose to lay down His throne and priestly garments, to identify with you… to identify with me. And He commanded us to be holy, because He is holy. We are ambassadors of Christ and we are told that, very pointedly, in 2 Corinthians 5:20.