Carry the Name
April 10, 2011 3 Comments
This is the fourth and final post in the Passion 2011 series. These are my notes from Louie Giglio’s sermon on April 3, 2011 at Passion Fort Worth entitled “Carry the Name.”
Events like Passion are things that you come to. They have a definite beginning and end. Movements are things that happen and continue to happen. The goal of Passion isn’t to be all about Passion, it’s to start a movement in which Passion is almost forgotten because of the focus and revival of Christ in a new generation of believers.
10Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 11And 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, 12and 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.” 13But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done toyoursaints at Jerusalem. 14And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” 15But 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. 16For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” -Acts 9:10-16
Isn’t it interesting that God calls both Saul/Paul and Ananias by name? The same voice that spoke everything into being also speaks your name. When God does call your name, no response beyond “Yes, Lord” is required. The “Yes” shows obedience to the call and a willingness to follow. The “Lord” recognizes God’s sovereignty and leads to faith and repentance. When God calls you out as His chosen instrument, everything else is over; you are now God’s. Every bit of hell is against the name of Jesus.
Every human is born a name carrier. Brands, churches, groups, musicians, etc, are all counting on people to carry their names or they will go out of business and die. We all carry some of these names (and that’s not a bad thing) because they mean something to us. We want others to hear about them and experience them too. The real question for the believer is “Does Jesus make such a difference in your life that His Name means more than any other name?” The answer is pretty evident by the way you live, talk, spend your time, and interact with others. Whatever and wherever God is calling you, carry the name of Christ.
Hope you enjoyed the notes from these sermons. It was truly a great blessing and challenge to hear from these three great teachers of God’s Word.
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