Say His Name

I like how they acknowledge Jesus and His potential.

John 11:17-37

Reference: “But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”” John‬ ‭11:37‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’m always interested when secular media mentions God. And I don’t mean how they creatively blaspheme, I mean when they make some reference to a higher deity.

I was recently listening to a secular radio show and they were talking about our local sport. They mentioned the weekend’s game was so good that even God would have turned up to witness it.

In my understanding of God, He was present anyway! But it was interesting to hear people who were not public believers to hold God in high enough esteem that He would be present at something remarkable.

Application: The death of Lazarus, retold at the beginning of John 11, is an emotional occasion. We hear of two sisters mourning their beloved and even Jesus weeping.

When the loved ones of the family confront Jesus, even as they are chastising Him they are proclaiming His power. He’d already done remarkable things, surely He could have saved Lazarus as well.

While it’s not the most heart-warming endorsement, I like how they acknowledge Jesus and His potential.

I think too often we sugar-coat our words about Jesus. I think He has thicker skin than we acknowledge.

Sure, we need to be respectful, but often those who don’t proclaim Him as their Lord and Saviour are more open about talking about Him than we are. Let’s try to bring Jesus into our every day conversations. In doing so, we may just open the door to a miracle.

Prayer: Lord, You understand us and love us. Even as a healer, You experienced pain. May we be open with our love and devotion to You. Amen.

When have you mentioned God in a conversation outside of church?

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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.