Have you ever noticed that some words seem to carry more weight than others? This is something that has been weighing on my heart lately. One example that comes to my mind is when someone says, “Shut up!” versus when someone says, “Be quite!” The words “shut up” seem to carry more weight which is why, to many people, saying “shut up” is a bad word in their home. The way words are weighted is why I also think the word “God” and the name “Jesus” have become part of people’s language when they are upset, mad and they just need an exclamation to yell in a moment of frustration. The problem is we tend to underestimate the weight of His name. We just treat it like any other name, but it is so much more.
The first point that separates the name of Jesus from any other is that, “there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) As we read in Romans 10:13, “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” When we understand our sin issue, it is the name of Jesus that brings salvation. This isn’t just a name we throw out in moments of frustration, it is the only name that makes a difference in times of desperation.
Next, the name of Jesus is the only name by which we can overcome the forces of evil and darkness in our lives. In Acts 10:17 we read, “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” They didn’t just listen to the followers of Jesus, but the demons submitted to the power of His name. Jesus isn’t just a word to express our pain, suffering, and anguish, or when we feel defeated by the enemy. Jesus is the victory cry for those in the trenches of war, when the enemy is surrounding and there seems to be no way out. It is at the name of Jesus, that the demons tremble with fear. Therefore, the scripture says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
If we keep going, the Bible shows that we pray in the name of Jesus, we stretch out our hands to heal in the name of Jesus, and the day will come, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
Now that is a name that carries weight!
If we understand the weight of His name, we should be conscious about how we use it. “Did my use of Jesus bring Him glory?” “Was God honored through my use of His name?” “Would people understand that I am calling out to the only source of help or would they hear a curse coming from my lips?”
God has granted us the privilege to call upon His name – don’t take it for granted and don’t be crushed by its weight. May your lips bring glory to His name!