"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, March 5, 2012

Time for a Change?

Alexander the Great is one of history's greatest conquerors. He was an admirable leader, and fearless in battle. He even rode into battle with his men to fight the enemy.

Alexander would often hold court on the battlefield following a war to evaluate each soldier's courage during combat. Those who fought valiantly were honored, and those who deserted were punished severely. One day, a young boy was brought to Alexander's throne. Alexander asked the boy's name, and the boy said, "My name is Alexander." The General's tension immediately softened, and he was flattered that the boy bore his name. Even some of the nearby officers relaxed, because they knew this young lad had fled in battle, and possibly the General would be more lenient. However, when Alexander learned this young soldier was guilty of "cowardice", Alexander's face changed to intense anger. The General looked at the boy and asked him again, "Young man, what is your name?" The boy replied, "Alexander, sir." The general asked again, "What did you say?" Again the boy replied, "Alexander, sir." The General jumped down from his throne, grabbed the terrifed boy and said, "Either change your behavior or change your name!"

Today, many use the name "Christian" too loosely, and it has become popular "slang." People promote it when they're honored, and hide it when they're persecuted. But Jesus knows all; every thought of the mind; every motive of the heart. And from the cross, Jesus gives the same verdict, "Either change your behavior or change your name!"

What's your name? If it doesn't match your behavior, it's time for a change.