“Mama! Mama! Guess what just happened? As I was riding my scooter home from Lauren’s house, a swarm of black bees where flying around me. I remembered what you told me about saying the name Jesus and the bad stuff has to go. So I said Jesus and all the bees flew away!” Then a joyful noise erupted in my office as Sophia and I celebrated the faithfulness of God like an underdog teams winning the Super Bowl.
I love it when God doesn’t leave me hanging. I love it when he shows himself true to himself and his word.
He is that God. He is not a man that he should lie.
Sophia drove those bees away with a name.The name. Jesus. At the mention of that name God went to work on taking care of those bees for Sophia. We can learn so much about what faith looks like for us, from this picture of Sophia on a scooter. God’s word is always telling us that HE is mighty to save and that we can not save ourselves. So what does he leave us with? A name.
for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
A name. Doesn’t seem like much. So we treat it like it’s nothing. Don’t we? And yet friends- it is everything we need!
Our kids have the last name Keeton. Everywhere they go, and are known by their name, they represent me and their father. They are our namesakes.
And we are God’s.
When we call on the name Jesus, expecting the power that it provides, it is of utmost importance we have a pure heart. We must have no defenses up or pretenses playing. God’s word is always after purifying our hearts so we are free to live more on pure faith. Removing our false gods and temporary shelters, we prefer to run to instead of God, is going to be in order. That’s what our workouts our for! Instead of running away from God, we train running towards.
Let’ get honest with ourselves, before God, his word and other people inside our faith community, until we realize we are all as defenseless as a little girl/boy on a scooter who just wants to play big and make it home safely.
I believe Sophia received help because she was helpless and faithful like a child. His name covered her like the banner of love and faitfulness that He is.
In honor of Sophia’s triumph we made another 10 minute at home workout with the kids, so our families can get moving together. So rally the kids and lets workout what’s really going on inside. Let’s show our kids what humility and faithfulness in action looks like.
Comment below to share you or your kids’s power in the name story, or just to give Sophia the knuckles or thumbs up! (That would make her day, week, LIFE!)
I couldn’t be more proud of her and more in love with Jesus.