After toiling with myself, which as I think about it, was another show of how we can tend to to put ourselves above our God. I have been using my name as an idol and sometimes without even realizing it. I went with the way of the world with intentions to Brand my name. I used as they suggested, Lance Lawshe for my twitter, for my Facebook, for my blog, for my email addresses. I really began to believe the hype that this was the best way to gain a following. Now just listen to this nonsense, I should want people to follow God not me. Yes I have good intentions to share wisdom from God, and yes I have good intentions to reach as many as possible, but as I am growing further and further in Christ I am realizing how insignificant I am.
Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the Lord your God. -Leviticus 19:4 (KJV)
I am reminded by a recent time when my son asked me, why the “lad’s” name wasn’t important. I told him that his name wasn’t important at the time, but what was important was that he took what he had, and put it in the hand of Jesus. That is what is most important that you and I do. It’s not important how much or how little we have, it only matters with what you do with what you got.
Our names are not insignificant when it comes to the world, we need our names to work, to buy the things we need, for banking, for business, etc.; however our ministries are not our own to put our names on it. It really is all about Jesus. We minister because of what Jesus has done for us, not the other way around.
In the coming months you will see a transformation of my blog, the name will obviously change, the domain name I hope to change as well, not that I am afraid of any backlash that will come for my name being associated with the words I will share, but because my name is really not important when in comparison to Jesus Christ.
Matthew 26:72 KJV
And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Peter and I have a lot in common. We have both said to The Lord we would always follow Him, then failed at the moment we said for sure we wouldn’t. What’s comforting is that God already knew the moment he would fail, as well as the moment he would come to forgive and reconcile.
I still look at the words, and cringe……”I do not know the man.” I shudder to think of him saying that. Just flat out lying, and then I have to check myself and ponder upon the many times I have said that, with my actions, my words, and my unbelief. Now that I write this I am realizing that every time I doubt Jesus, and what he is able to do, I am basically saying, “I do not know the man.”
No longer do I want to live in denial of Jesus. How about you?
Lord I believe, but help me with my unbelief. Some areas of what you say I am sold out for and I can take it to the bank, but then there are other areas where I am unsure and not trusting in you totally. I desire to trust you with all my life, in every area. Amen.
Romans 1:21 (NASB)
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Lord help me not to take you for granted, and begin to think I have done all that I have done in and of myself. Let me always remember to give credit where credit is due. To you.