I am going through an Advent devotional that is emailed to me daily by Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Today’s entry was based on Isaiah 5:11-12. It’s Isaiah speaking to the Israelites:
Woe to those who rise early in the morning, that they may run after strong drink, who tarry into the evening as wine inflames them! They have lyre and harp, tambourine and flute and wine at their feasts, but they do not regard the deeds of the Lord, or see the work of his hands.
In the emailed commentary that followed, the author put Isaiah’s words to the Israelites in another way: “You are not here to make a name–but here to glorify a name.” The purpose of the Israelites wasn’t for them to become like the surrounding countries, their purpose was to be “God’s covenant people demonstrating to the nations around them what it meant to be God’s people.”
You are not here to make a name–but here to glorify a name. How much of societal pressure comes from making a name for yourself? That’s the benchmark of success, isn’t it? No; the benchmark for us Christians should be the fact that our Heavenly Father knows our name–that in and of itself is a lofty thought! But even deeper, our purpose, just like Israel’s, is not to make our name bigger, but His name. How humbling that is!