**John and I were tasked with writing some devotionals alongside Ruth for the Lenten season. Our theme for these 40 days is The Lord’s Prayer. This is one of John’s and is about the phrase “Hallowed be your name”. It fell on Day 11 of this series.**
Reading: Ephesians 5 v. 25-27
Today and the next few days we’ll be focusing on the part of the Lord’s Prayer where it says, “hallowed be your name”.
The word “hallowed” is something that is holy, or set apart from the mundane. When we recite the Lord’s Prayer we are saying Lord, your name is holy. Its this holiness that gives reason for the commandment in Exodus 20:7, “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”
I remember shortly before Abigail and I were married I saw her writing her name on a page of notebook paper. The reason this stands out to me is that it’s the first time I saw her write my last name instead of her given last name. She was writing “Abigail Carr”. When I asked her about it she said simply that she was excited to take my last name.
In the same way, when we become Christians we take on the Lord’s name. The word “Christian” means to be a little Christ. In Ephesians 5:25-27 it becomes clear that Christ has made the Church his wife: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” So when we call ourselves Christians, we are stepping into a covenant relationship with Jesus.
This relationship is exciting! But it’s also important to remember that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it. God’s name is holy and if we are to take on his name, we have to strive to use it in a way that respects that holiness. We are called to live lives that are holy and set apart. We are called to welcome the stranger, love the downtrodden, and care for the hurting.
How will we live today as one who is set apart as a Christian? How will we honor the holy name of God?
Today, lets pray for those wrestling with mental health issues.