Name Dropping

Jesus cares about all people.  He invites everyone into his family and embraces them all.

Matthew 12.38-50

Reference: v.50 "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (NIV Bible)


Explore: Some people are very skilled at 'name dropping' during a conversation. This happens when you are just having a fairly general conversation with someone and realise that they have started to drop a few impressive names into the flow of their speech. The names dropped are classified as impressive if you recognise their significance, or it may just be that the name dropping person raises their eyebrows high enough that you may not recognise the name but clearly the name dropper thinks they are note worthy!  Although we no longer have a class system in place, there are still certain social levels that one can be placed into.
Jesus is all about equality.  It doesn't matter who you are or what you did, you are important to Jesus.  He is not impressed by celebrities or academics, he isn't concerned about your trophy cabinet or the amount of friends you have on Facebook, Jesus cares about all people.  He invites everyone into his family and embraces them all.

Application:  When we say we are Christians it means we desire to follow Christ.  What a huge challenge He sets us when we see how inclusive Jesus is to all people.  We need to start turning our eyes away from the achievements and accolades the world awards and look to our worth through Jesus.  It will always be a challenge however if we remain focused on Jesus we will strive to hear only the applause from nail pierced hands.

Prayer:  Lord, you gave us such a great example when you walked the earth.  Help us to be willing to change our focus and turn it towards You.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.