By Allen Domelle
“And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.”
A name’s sake is something for which someone is to be remembered. Oftentimes people will do something in their life so they will be remembered when they die. That is what you would call, “A name’s sake.” The ministry someone has built is their name’s sake. A life that someone has lived is their name’s sake. A work that someone has left behind is their name’s sake. Everyone will leave behind a name’s sake when they die; it will either be good or bad depending upon how you live your life.
Several times God said in Ezekiel 20, “I have wrought with you for my name’s sake…”God was concerned about His name, and He is still concerned with His name. He worked hard with His people to keep His name holy and revered. God reminds us of the importance of a name’s sake in Proverbs 22:1 when He says, “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”God used the word “wrought” to show the difficulty of keeping a good name. The word “wrought” means to involve all your physical and mental strength to make something happen. In other words, God involved all of His power, energies and mental abilities to keep His name holy and revered among His people. If God saw the importance of keeping His name right so that He wrought for His name’s sake, so every believer should work hard to keep a good name. Several things must be done for your name’s sake.
First, it takes work to leave a good name’s sake. God said He “wrought” for His name’s sake, and you will also have to give all of your energies and effort to keep a good name. You must understand that Satan doesn’t want the believer to have a good name because the believer represents Christ. Satan knows that if the believer has a bad name that their bad name will put Christ’s name in a bad light. My friend, how people see your name is how they will think of Christ. It may not be fair that they blame Christ for what you do, but all the world can see are those who represent Christ, and that person who represents Christ is you. Therefore, you are going to have to work to keep a good name’s sake.
Second, not everyone will appreciate your efforts to keep a good name. Throughout the New Testament, it says that the disciples of Christ would be “hated of all men” for His name’s sake. In order to keep a good name, you will sometimes have to do things that others will not agree with. Doing right isn’t always popular, but for your name’s sake you must do right even if you are going to be hated by those around you. There will be times when your family will despise you because you do right. Oftentimes, you will be hated by those who claim to be Christians for doing right. You must always understand that doing right will not always be popular with man, but it will help you to keep you to keep a good name’s sake, and doing right will help you not to bring reproach to the name of Christ.
Third, you leave behind a name’s sake every day by what you do. What is will your name’s sake be from yesterday’s actions if you died today? Every action is a potential last action; therefore, you must be sure every action is what you would want to be remembered for. Be careful not to let your last action bring reproach to your name or Christ’s name.
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