Saturday, March 17, 2018
Read Exodus 20:7
7“You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
A Weighty Relationship (Commandment #3)
On a few occasions, around new people, some will flippantly let an f-bomb drop or a “G.D.” this or that fly. Then, as their friends uncomfortably point out that I’m a pastor, they’ll awkwardly say, “Oh shoot, I’m so sorry.” I simply smile and enjoy the momentary squirming as they wrestle with warping the ears of the “man of God.” I imagine they have the 3rd commandment in mind and they think cussing in the presence of a pastor puts them at risk of a lightning strike. It’s strangely comical.
The reality is God’s 3rd Commandment is not about cussing or “speaking” His name in vain, though such may not be edifying. The verse says “take” not “speak.” It’s deeper than what we say. The Hebrew word means “hold, bear or carry.” Thus ‘do not carry the name of the Lord in emptiness.’ We carry the name of God upon us.
We are children of God, made in His image, ultimately belonging to and representing Him. We have a responsibility to carry His name with the weight and worth He deserves. He is calling us to value our relationship and the weight of glory within us.
Imagine the uniformed UPS man. He represents Big Brown and they have strict standards for how he carries their name as a company representative. UPS doesn’t want an employee sullying their reputation through frivolous actions. In our case, we carry the name of Christ upon us. More than putting a cross necklace on or slapping a fish on your bumper, we have been chosen for a loving relationship with the Lord God Almighty. As such, He calls us to live as godly image bearers and to weigh heavily the relationship we enjoy with Him.
Father, may my life, including my speech, reflect the deep deep love and goodness of our relationship. May I not think, speak or act in emptiness, but cherish your glory within. AMEN.