The Name we Carry

Jul 20, 2017  |     |   General

     We all have names that we carry. We have best friends, family, brands we like, coffee we drink, favorite foods we eat…the list goes on. The question is, what name are you carrying? Are you carrying the name of Jesus around or are you known more for brands you like, friends you keep, favorite foods you eat, or the coffee you drink? 

Louie Giglio is the pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

     Louie Giglio says, “At the end of the day, the most important name for you to carry is the name of Jesus. God is counting on you to carry the name of Jesus. At the end of the day, it’s possible that your roommate, friend, family member, buddy will say, ‘I didn’t know, I knew you were religious, I knew you were a Christian, but I didn’t know about Jesus.’ But Christian doesn’t mean Jesus to this world. I’m not knocking Christianity, but the word Christian was only mentioned twice in the whole Bible. I think a better word is Jesus—I follow Jesus, all my fountains are in Jesus, all my hope is in Jesus. The world is dying to hear His name above every name, the name that means healing, the name that means Savior and that is the name of Jesus.”

Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened.  -Acts 9:10-19

     This story snippet of scripture is when Saul/Paul was being prepared to carry the name of Jesus, just like you and me. How much do many of our stories look this way? God came to Ananias and said, “I want you to lay hands on him so he may regain his sight.” Ananias doubted God, saying, “God do you know how evil this man is?” God replied, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine to carry My name.”
     How often do we doubt God, do we ask God if He’s sure He wants us to share with this person because they are so hard hearted. God’s response to us every time is that we are a chosen instrument to carry His name. 
     We are called to carry the name of Jesus, to tell our testimony, to share how God is constantly working through our life. I challenge us, is this the name we are carrying? Are we carrying this name with us every day at Open Door Mission? Are we carrying this name in our friendship circles, family, and homes?
     I say God brings people to Open Door Mission’s doorstep because they need to know Jesus, whether or not the person realizes it when they arrive.  Some meet him here in a real way, some hearts are hardened, and some faith is renewed. But everyone comes to our doorstep because they are in need of healing and hearing about the name above all names—Jesus! 
     I pray that we would be people who would boldly carry the name of Jesus at Open Door Mission. I pray that we would not let fear or someone’s hard heart hold us back. I pray we would know that even if someone rejects Jesus it is not about us, it is about them and Jesus, it’s not personal.  I pray the reason we carry the name of Jesus is because that is the hope we have and that is at the bottom of our joy–Jesus!

Trudy Woodward
Permanent Supportive Housing Director