“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7
Among the first ten commandments that God gives is one that deals with how people use His name. Many people are familiar with this commandment. Most look at it and only think about misuse as when a person uses God’s name as a curse word. Although this can be true, it is not the complete meaning of misusing His name. The curse words that are used today, were not used even 2,000 years ago.
Using God’s name in a curse word is extremely popular, and for the most part acceptable, yet, there is a way that His name is misused much more. It is when a person calls themselves a follower of God, yet live his life with no sign of God in it. He does not live like God would want him to live. Yet, he continues to claim God in his life.
There are many people who claim to be a follow of Jesus, yet say it is acceptable to tell lies, live in sexual immorality, steal, covet, and abuse others. They are abusing God’s name living like this. It is giving God a bad name.
The world sees these types of people and say that their God is worthless if they live the same way the world does. That type of life is hypocritical and the world knows it and is not afraid of it. Look at the seven sons of Sceva in the book of Acts. They claimed to have power in the name of Jesus and tried to cast out demons. The demons said they knew Jesus, and Paul, yet did not know the sons of Sceva, and beat them up. The sons had misused God’s name.
How do you live your life?
Is it a life that honors God’s name?
Or is it one that hides behind God’s name as some kind of magical word, while living in sin?
Do not be found guilty of misusing God’s name. Live for God in every area of your life and honor His name that you wear.
I pray today that learn to value God’s name on your life; that you will live a life that honors God; that you will not be guilty of misusing God’s name in any way; and that the world will see you are a child of God.