|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.”
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!
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