About a week ago during a doctor’s appointment, I sat in a waiting room reading a monitor. Amongst pictures of the Duke community, entered the following phrase, “It’s not just a name, it’s a promise.” Although the words referred to the Duke Hospital System, I couldn’t help but project those words to Jesus. For every time I am blessed to say his name, I am in essence standing upon the promises associated with him. His promises are not contingent upon my behavior or my inability at times to keep my promise to him. No the promises of Jesus just are.
Over my life, I have known Jesus to be a deliverer, to be my confidant, to be my friend, to be my caregiver, to be my restorer and most recently, to be my healer. When I am reminded of his awesomeness, my typical response to other people’s shortcomings (as well as mine), is altered just at the mentioning of his name. His name to me does not operate in a “get out of jail” fashion; but instead, it provides liberty on a daily basis. Tucked inside the name of Jesus is everything I need for life. I cannot always say that it calms me, because when I’m really in a battle, his name invigorates me and causes me to triumph.
There is responsibility associated with professing his name. By the very mentioning of the name of Jesus he is compelled to move. However, our sincerity in our calling certainly makes a difference. Calling upon the name of Jesus equates with an intentional belief that he is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we may ask or think, according to the power that worketh within us (Ephesians 3:20). As such, we must be deliberate in our faith and expect him to show up. Further, when we have his attention, we must be willing to hold up our end of the bargain. Everything may not work out according to our plan. Calling upon the name of Jesus is relinquishing our expectations in exchange for his good and perfect will for our lives. Regardless of the outcome he has promised never to leave nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us (2 Corinthians 1:20). In turn, we should not quit on him, as he has promised never to quit on us! In the end, we are expected to honor and credit him with any and all good that comes through our lives.
In a world whereby bad behavior is celebrated, and bodies are criticized, and fame by any means is calculated, there is rest in knowing that availing oneself to the salvation provided by Jesus has benefits that far outweigh what society affirms. Friends and family may ignore your call, but there is someone who looks forward to you calling upon him and responds in tenets of the unofficial motto of the US Postal Service: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Feel free to expound upon this and add whatever situation you deem appropriate. Again, Jesus, not just a name, but a promise.