Oswald Chambers, in his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, says:
"Identification with the death of Jesus Christ means identification
with Him, to the death of everything that was never in Him."
(Dec. 8, devotional)
A funny thing happened after Bob died. I didn't mean to say it--at first--but I found myself, without thinking about it, saying: "name of Bob". It would just kind of pop out, anytime someone was about to do something on our street, that Bob would never have done. For example, we live on a one way street, and it's easier, when you live close to the "exiting" end, to cut corners, and just quickly shoot in-going the wrong way-to get to your driveway. No harm done. But once Bob wasn't around anymore, as our shining example, I found myself not wanting to "go the wrong way" even for a few seconds. So, when I say to my husband, just before he goes the wrong way down our one way street, "name of Bob", what I'm really saying is, "Let's honor Bob, by not doing anything Bob would not have done in our neighborhood." In that phrase, I am saying, "he was right, and I want to be more like Bob."
Sometimes it feels like the phrase "in the name of Jesus" has come to mean, "now you have to give it to me"...or maybe simply, "Here's the authority by which I ask for this". It just has me wondering, has the phrase lost some of its meaning over the years?
Of course there is every reason to recognize that-as the Bible says-there is power in that name which is above every name. But I think we would do well to consider that there might have been a more organic utterance of that phrase as well. One that calls on us to identify with who Jesus was-as He walked this earth-and to put to death in ourselves "everything that was never in Him."
So, when we are tempted to...
put ourselves first-("name of Jesus")
hold a grudge-("name of Jesus")
withhold love-("name of Jesus")
turn a blind eye-("name of Jesus")
go the wrong way-("name of Jesus")
whisper it to yourself...and what you'll really be saying is:
"I want to honor Jesus by not doing anything He would not have done in this life".
Jesus was right~beautiful~perfect~Son-of-God~Savior...
and I want to be more like Him.