Many Live Passionately for Their Own Name
Maybe you, or someone you know, were to read this article and say, “Well, I do not live passionately for the name of Christ, but I certainly do not live passionately against the name of Christ!” I would suggest that the majority of people on this earth could probably make that claim.
Most people have not done anything that they might consider to be against the name of Christ. I mean this in the sense that they probably have not harmed someone physically just because they claim to be a Christian. The vast majority still, probably haven’t even harmed any Christians verbally either.
Sure, they themselves might not live for the name of Christ, by obeying and submitting themselves to the gospel, but they also have not actively attempted to destroy the name of Christ like Paul. The name of Christ might not mean much to them at all. In fact, no name means much to them. This is because they only live in the name of one person—themselves.
Most likely if you are reading this article now, you can likely relate to this. Before Christ, you lived for your own name and for your own glory. You lived so that one day someone would write some nice words in your obituary and your tombstone. You lived to provide yourself pleasure. In some cases people in this state may care for their close friends and family around them, but when it comes down to it this circle is usually pretty small. You live for your pleasure, your legacy, your glory, and your name.
I ask you this question: Is this life really all that fulfilling when you live it for yourself? Oh friend, you were created for so much more than this. You were created to live for something so much bigger than yourself. Jesus offers you something so much more. Allow him to transform you and your life’s mission as he did with Paul.
The reality is, you can only live in two states: against the name of Christ or for the name of Christ. There is no middle ground as we might try to imagine for our own peace of mind. Jesus said, “Whoever is not with me is against me…” (Matthew 12:30 ESV). The fact is that when we do not live for God and we reject his will, we make ourselves enemies of God. Paul wrote, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation” (Romans 5:10-11 ESV).
If you are not living for the name of Christ, then you are an enemy of God who has rebelled against him by rejecting his call to you through the gospel (Titus 2:11). It is only through Jesus that you can be transformed into a friend of God in a right relationship with him. Yet this is no causal friendship. Your life will be completely transformed as you live passionately for him.
Put down your defense, stop fighting against the God who created you and loves you so much that he fought for you. He can transform you into the image of His Son and give you a purpose that is infinitely bigger than yourself.