“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col. 1:15-18
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:9-11
The Walmart employee and I virtually got into a fight. Not the kind of fight you might be imagining. We were fighting our way to the huge case of bottled water I was about to lug off the shelf and into my fairly filled up shopping cart. There wasn’t much room for the water, but I planned to make room for it. But first I had to fight to get the water. After all, the man was coming at me – or the water, I should say – with full gusto. Why?
He was desperately trying to serve me. How did I know?
“Me and Jesus will get it,” I told him as I fought to lift up the water myself.
“But that’s why I’m trying to help you,” he essentially said.
Huh? He explained. He wanted to serve the Lord by serving me. And I didn’t want the man to have to lift it for me. Know what we were doing? Loving the Lord. Loving each other. Two total strangers. Well, not really. Not as I discovered. Actually, we were brother and sister. In the Lord. Both on fire for Jesus. I surrendered the water to my new brother in the Lord.
Our conversation was short. The most important part was this. The two wonderful hugs we gave each other when we discovered our mutual love for the Lord and desire to serve Him. And the opportunity I had to pray for him.
Know what stood out most about what he said to me? That he was excited that I was willing to say the name JESUS aloud in public.
Why wouldn’t I? The Lord Jesus Christ is the love of my life. Like he’s the love of the Walmart man’s life. And as I shared joyfully with my brother in Christ, CHRIST’S NAME IS ABOVE ALL OTHER NAMES. And it is HIS NAME that everyone will one day confess – and to which every knee will one day bow down.
Oh, such joy and pleasure and excitement we shared for those few minutes in Walmart. Rejoicing in Christ. Rejoicing in our love for Him. Rejoicing in our love for each other as blood brother and blood sister. United by the blood of Christ. United by His love.
I didn’t just walk away with a case of water. I walked away with rejoicing. That Jesus Christ is forever Lord. That all around the world His followers are united as one Body of Christ. That His followers are called to love and serve Him and others. And that His followers are called to help others enter into His forever Kingdom through repentance and faith in Him as Lord. Him who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead.
Please never hold back the name of Jesus. Please proclaim Him loudly and boldly whenever the Lord so leads you no matter the cost. And please humble yourself before Him and others and love and serve Him and others in His name.
How refreshing to see a man come running to serve in the name of the Lord. Not to receive the praise of a human. But to receive the reward of getting to serve Jesus.
Inspiring, isn’t it? Let us be encouraged to do the same. Love the Lord. Love others. Serve with our hearts filled with His love and our mouths gushing forth with His name. In praise of Him. Forever!
Imagine if we all would fight to love Jesus, to serve Jesus, to love others, to serve others, fighting our way to love and serve the Lord and praise Him and proclaim Him to the world as though nothing else in the world were more important. Truth is nothing in the world is more important than Christ Jesus, and it is our job and should be our highest aspiration in life to live our lives as such – with Jesus as number one in our hearts, lives, words, and actions, AMEN!