I sit here, reflecting and praying, as I end this day and prepare for leading worship in the morning. A few songs about the name of Jesus began to play through my mind. Then I began to think about the power in the name of Jesus.
I must first state that the name of Jesus is not a magic word for us to use to get what we want. Early in my Christian life, I listened to multiple preachers and teachers of God’s Word. Some of those were spreading a teaching that a believer could use the name of Jesus, along with the right amount of faith, and demand God give them healing, money, a girlfriend, or whatever they desired. While one verse of Scripture says that we will receive whatever we ask in the name of Jesus, Scripture also says that we must ask in the will of God. We cannot take one verse and run with it. We must compare Scripture with Scripture.
There is one verse that resounds in my mind about the power of the name of Jesus. It is one that is wonderful to some and scary for others. Philippians 2:10-11 says, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Think about it – EVERY KNEE WILL BOW – some willingly and some wishing they have done so before it was too late. That is a sobering reality!
The name of Jesus is to be exalted because this Jesus is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is worthy of our worship! He is not a magic genie, but He is the One who gave His life for our sins. In response, we give our lives back to Him as on offering. May we no longer throw the name of Jesus around but give it reverence for our Lord and Master.