Focal Passage: Exodus 20:7-11; Psalm 145:1-7
The clock hit zero, I looked around the room and everyone was in complete shock. No one was talking, but we all asked ourselves what just happened. It was April 4, 2016, and for some, you will remember what just happened. Villanova shot at the buzzer to beat Carolina in the National Championship game.
I remember in the aftermath of the game that no Duke fans felt bad for Carolina friends. I have not lived in North Carolina for very long, but I know this, Duke and Carolina never pull for each other. Why? We cannot label ourselves one thing and pull for something else.
The same is true when it comes to our Christian walk with God. When we look at the fourth and fifth commandments in Exodus we see that we must “not take the Lord’s name in vain, and to remember the Sabbath.” Last fall we did a lesson on Sabbath rest. Let us look more at how do we not take the Lord’s name in vain.
When we think of this commandment, we normally think of it with regard to making sure we do not use God’s name in an unholy manner. Yet, it goes much deeper than that. We are to honor God’s name and everything about Him. We take the Lord’s name in vain if we call ourselves Christian and live differently than what He called us to live.
We are to honor God through our testimony and actions.
A true Child of God lives a life that honors God in the way he or she lives.