Have you ever seen those little phrases on the internet or on TV that say “Insert ____ Here”? Usually it’s some word or phrase that you can insert and it may be funny or provide some sort of information. Well, I saw one of those the other day and it made me think of how some people treat Jesus in this same manner. They act as if “Jesus” is a word that they can simply insert into any situation to magically make it okay. Simply inserting Jesus’ name into something doesn’t make it holy or right. We have to do more than insert His name. We have to allow Jesus to infiltrate our lives. Our entire beings. For without Him, we are nothing anyway.
Don’t get me wrong, we know that at the mere mention of Jesus’ name, demons tremble. The bible says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth …” Philippians 2:10 NIV So there is definite power in simply “inserting (or saying)” Jesus’ name. But it needs to be deeper than that. Jesus needs to be so deep within us and so intertwined within the fiber of our very being that no one and nothing can permeate the bond. You must be in relationship with Him. People treat Jesus as if he is a universal noun, just sitting on the shelf waiting to be put into play. Like he’s that kid on the football team, warming the bench, and waiting for his chance to say “put me in coach.” What’s wrong with this picture? If this is how we relegate Our Lord and Savior, then we need to seriously reevaluate our lives. In God’s great plan, we are the “bench warmers” waiting for our chance to say “put me in coach!” Our lives are not our own. We are God’s vessels and we are each here for His purpose.
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