He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
The importance the Lord’s name is highlighted in Matthew chapter 16:13-20:
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Each day, I am faced with the reality that there are good people with good ideas I can follow, but there is only one Christ. Moreover, by God’s goodness, you and I are shepherded for the sake of His kingdom, His reign as the Son of the living God. As we journey with The Lord, opportunities cross our paths and we are able proclaim who we say He is, not just with words but with love and good deeds.
What opportunities have you noticed…have I noticed? Will we respond for the sake of the Good Shepherd’s name?