Hallowed be thy Name…
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Do you really think about these words- hallowed be thy name- or you just cite them? I do agree with Watchman Nee: “Only through repetition will the truth be retained” on one hand and as such citation is necessary. On the other hand, he did further opined: “Only by reviewing will it be learned”. Therefore, I can understand why I’m where I am, a baby till date. Of course, I retained the truth but until recently I have never stopped to think about it.
Hey! Stop to think!
Any man that is blessed enough to think about this “Hallowed be thy name, O God” will be transcended to a servant of God to build His Kingdom. Please can you just reflect how many times you have said these very words but how that you are yet holding yourself back from holy use! You cannot let go of your rights….The last time I checked, “If I am Father, where is my honour?” was His enquiry. “And if Master, where is my fear”, He added. We sing a lot of songs to the Lord without meaning them. Please have you ever thought about it? Hmmm! Poor soul, think of this and be made fat.
Thinking Hallowed be God’s name has translated men to become experiential – not only positional – members of the royal priesthood (not only to feel human weakness and infirmities but to feel to the fullness the burden of being on the think tank table with God) sharing the burden of the whole world together on how to bring orderliness to the earth.
Jesus thought about it (as in Phillipians 2) so much that he never held back His right of equality with God, whereas, Lucifer asked for the throne. According to the account of Dr. Luke (Luke 12:35-48), every servant of God irrespective of cadre got right to certain life assurance, insurance, provision and security. Such as a roof over his head, cloth on his body, food for his stomach, safety tips, stipends, anointing-mark of the King (touch not my anointed), and simply put, job, accommodation, food, health securities etc. I read of Christ and Paul that at a point in their lives, they travelled light (Luke 9:58 cf 2Cor 6:5) without house, food security and they were eating. Hebrews 11: 38 simply illustrated it as men too good for this world, because they weren’t thinking and so not holding on to what was visible.
Moses let go of Pharaoh’s stool, title and privileges for the reproach of homeless men while Abraham let go of his country home (as in Gen 12 cf Heb 11). They were consumed by the vision of HALLOWING HIS NAME and their ambition became simply to bring honour to His name. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God (Heb. 11:16).
God is not humiliated that they bear His name. Hmmm! I wonder why David did not lose any battle, minor or major. Should he be the commander in Chief of UN peace keeping troop or that of Nigeria, what do you think of Al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda and Taliban? I respect the Chief Sailor Moses who carried a whole nation through the sea without a single casualty, I can feel Apostle Paul because Syria, Turkey weren’t what they are now in his days…. Lord I am pleading that as you used Joseph for the world food security, you will find me available too. If FAO/WHO/IITA/ILCR/UN or whatever employs me today, may my joy and motivation never be for the earthly benefit attached but you the invisible…. May I rejoice as your servant; may you alone be my motivation. It is you alone that I can ask more of you and yet I won’t be charged to court for being greedy.
Father! Hallowed be thy name.
The Post at A Glance!
Summary Do you really think about these words- hallowed be thy name- or you just cite them? I do agree with Watchman Nee: “Only through repetition will the truth be retained” on one hand and as such citation is necessary. On the other hand, he did further opined: “Only by reviewing will it be learned”. Therefore, I can understand why I’m where I am, a baby till date. Of course, I retained the truth but until recently I have never stopped to think about it.
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