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Advent || Day 3 || For Your Name’s Sake

I have a sticker on the back of my car that tells everyone my son’s an allstar. He was an allstar four years ago. It’s still on my car. Why? I want to say it’s only because I’m proud of the hard work it took for him to make it. But let’s be honest. It makes me look good. Now, this gets funky really quick and all of a sudden my boys can be acting a certain way only to make me look good or so that I’ll be proud of them based on what they do – that can be a sickness. But there is something in there that’s true – the Mickel name means something.
Our names say something about us and our actions say something about our name.

David prayed these types of prayers, “Guide me along the right path for your name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3)

For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life” (Psalm 143:11);

“Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me” (Psalm 31:3)

The NT talks about living a certain way for his name’s sake –

“and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake” (Matt 10:22)

“if you’ve left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for my name’s sake, you will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Matt 19:29)

To bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name (Rom 1:5)

your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake (1 John 2:12)

Here’s the point: God does what he does for his sake, not ours. He’s for us, not against us, but He doesn’t bless you, or provide for you, or save you just for yourself, but for Himself. As people of God we embody his name. When He acts it is in accordance with who He is, not who we are. That’s why His name is so important. But how we live according to His name is extremely important.

– Steve