Magnifying His Name

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.  I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

John 17:4-6

In His prayer to the Father, Jesus says that “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me…”  In the previous verse, He said that “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”  Part of that work was manifesting His name unto men.  Manifesting just means showing or making known.  Part of the work that He did was proclaiming the name of the Lord wherever He went.

If we would be like Jesus (which we should all be striving to do), we need to do this also.  We need to manifest the name of the Lord.  We should be showing and making known His name among the people that we know.  We should be proclaiming His name among the people that we know.  As Christians, we should be exemplifying His name among all of the people we come in contact with.

Are we really manifesting the name of Jesus in our daily lives today, or are we just going through the motions of a Christian life?  Do we really show forth and proclaim His name to people, or are we “closet Christians?”  If we are truly Christians, we should be acting like Christians, and part of that is showing forth His name among the people.  How are we doing today?

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