“‘My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations.’ says the Lord Almighty.” Malachi 1:11
The name of the Lord will be great among the nations.
Isn’t that what all Christians want, for the name of the Lord Jesus to be great throughout the entire world?
Sadly, I think too often we want His name to be great so other people will act the way we want them to act. They will live godly, holy lives and create laws that require everyone to honor God and His laws. It would be so much easier to be patient, joyful, kind… And self-control would come so much more naturally because we wouldn’t feel the need to control others all of the time.
Wouldn’t that make your life, my life so much easier?
But then, sometimes, I wonder if the name of the Lord is truly great in my own heart?
In my world, my little sliver of this earth, is the name of the Lord great from the beginning of my day until the end? Do I offer up praise and thanksgiving, prayers and petitions calling on His great name with a pure heart? Do I have pure motives and a willingness to do His will? Do I live a godly, holy life that brings Him honor and glory?
Lord, if it’s not, if there is anything in me that makes you and your name out to be less than the great and good God that you are, help me. Do a work in me that I cannot fight, hide or deny. Move me, compel me, break and remake me as you see fit. I want to know you, Lord, more than anything else. I want your name to be great in my life, in my heart, Lord, God Almighty.
Something to Consider…
In what ways do you know you acknowledge the name of the Lord as great?
In what areas of your life do you try to keep Him small or hidden?
What do you need to view differently about Him or yourself in order for His name to great in every aspect of your life?