Wounding God’s Name
“Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD.”
You are the only Bible that many will ever read. You are the only picture of Christ that the lost world may see. Your life is the only life that the world will ever be able to inspect as to the goodness of Christ. As much as you may not like it, you are all the world can see of Christ.
What if your life gave the world a perverted Bible to read; would they be able to find the way of salvation? What if your life soiled the picture of Christ; would it cause the world never to want to have anything to do with Christ? What if the life you live gives a faulty pattern of Christ for the world to copy; would it cause others to hate Christ and His cause?
The verse above says, “Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel…” The word “profane” means to wound. In other words, God is telling the Christian not to wound His name. Your life is to be so hallowed that, when the world looks at you, all they can see is a picture of Christ. It was said about the apostles, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,…they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” The apostles lived their life in such a manner that those who hated them knew they had been with Jesus because their lives mirrored the life that Jesus lived. The lives of the apostles didn’t wound the name of Christ, but their lives hallowed His name. Let me give you two thoughts about not wounding the name of Christ.
First, you are being watched all the time. Whether or not you like it, someone sees what you are doing all the time. It may be your family that is watching you, and if it is, are they seeing a pure picture of Christ in you? Your neighbors watch how you live, and they know that you proclaim to be a Christian; the question you must ask yourself is if you are living in such a manner that they can clearly see Christ in you? You must always keep the thought in mind that someone is going to see everything you do. When you realize that someone is always watching, it should cause you to be careful not to wound the name of Christ.
Second, your daily actions are painting a picture of Christ to those you are around. How you work on the job is painting a canvas for those with whom you work. Let me ask you, are your work habits and attitudes on the job displaying a clear picture of Christ? How you study and listen to those in the classroom and the hallways of your school are either wounding the name of Christ or setting His name apart. If I were to ask those with whom you attend school, would they be able to say that you have been with Christ? Christian, every act you perform is a brush on the canvas of life that should paint a clearer picture of Christ to the world. You must be careful that one stroke of selfishness or pride doesn’t allow you to mar or wound the name of Christ.
Does your life paint a clear picture to those around you? The job of every Christian is to simply be a reflection of Christ. Be careful that you don’t let anything negatively reflect Christ to the world. You should daily ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to live your life in such a manner that it paints a clear picture of Christ to those who see you. Always remember that the more you set your life apart for Christ, the clearer picture of Christ the world will see in you.