Blogs by Jeff Owen
The Name Above All Names
Philippians 2:9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
According to most estimates, Christians make up about 1/3 of the world’s population or 2.4 billion people. Making Christianity the largest religion in the world. In the United States, estimates show that 7 out of 10 people claim to be Christian, that would equate to about 225 Million Americans today.
With such a majority of people in America who claim the name Christian, you would think that Jesus Christ would be a popular topic of conversation. It would seem logical, that as Christians engage in conversations at home, work, school, and leisure activities the most popular topic would be the name that 70% claim to follow - Jesus Christ. I know for myself, I fail often to talk about Jesus even with people I know who need to hear about Him.
The reality is many people who claim the name of Jesus Christ do not bring His name up in most conversations. Christians have conversations everyday about social, political, economic and religious issues and many times we enjoy talking about all the problems of this world without offering the only answer. Most of our conversations are about worldly issues that highlight the fact that we live in a broken world. This broken world is a result of another word that many Christians do not use in conversations - sin. God makes the problem clear in Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
When Christians identify the problem and call it sin, we should always point people to the answer – Jesus Christ. But the evidence, or lack of evidence in our conversations of pointing out sin or pointing people to Jesus could mean either our faith in those moments is weak or that the faith is not real.
For many who claim to be a Christian, but never share who Jesus is, your faith may not be real. Jesus says in Matt 10:33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Eternity hangs on whether you have faith Jesus Christ.
If our faith is real but weak, we need to remember that Satan would love for us to not talk about sin and Satan certainly does not want Christians to talk about Jesus as the answer. God reminds us in Luke 12:11-12 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” This is true for every Christian in every situation God puts us in whether in front of authorities or with strangers, co-workers, friends, family or whomever is put in our lives.
No matter what the topic of worldly conversations or how we choose to describe it; conservative or liberal, right of left, rich or poor - every problem that humanity has ever faced comes down to sin. Sin has existed since the garden of Eden and will until Jesus Christ returns.
If we truly believe in who Jesus is and what he has done to defeat sin and death, then we should want everyone we know and meet to hear that there is one common problem in this world, sin - and the good news is there is one answer - Jesus Christ. My prayer for myself, and other Christians is that God would strengthen our faith and help Christians see every conversation as an opportunity to lift up the name above all names – Jesus.
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