Focus On The Lord Jesus

Sometimes we focus on trivial things instead of keeping our focus on the Lord. John the Apostle did that very thing when he observed a man ministering in the name of Jesus.

These actions disturbed John because this man didn’t belong to their group. When he said something to Jesus about it, the Lord gave him the following response.

But Jesus said, “Don’t stop him! Anyone who is not against you is for you.”  Luke 9:50 

In this chapter, Luke entered twelve different events. We don’t know if he entered them in chronological order or not. But it’s interesting to note what he put before and after this event.

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Before it, the disciples spent some time arguing who would be the greatest in heaven. Of course Jesus settle their argument with a simple illustration.

Then he said to them, “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me also welcomes my Father who sent me. Whoever is the least among you is the greatest.” Luke 9:48

And immediately following our subject for today, Jesus had to rebuke James and John. Because, they wanted to call fire down from heaven on some Samaritans.

When James and John saw this, they said to Jesus, “Lord, should we call down fire from heaven to burn them up?”  But Jesus turned and rebuked them. Luke 9:54-55

So, John at that time might have been in an aggressive mode. Keep in mind Jesus nicknamed him and his brother James, the Sons of Thunder. Between those two incidents, John saw this.

John said to Jesus, “Master, we saw someone using your name to cast out demons. But we told him to stop because he isn’t in our group.” Luke 9:49

I wonder what disturbed John about this man’s actions? I don’t believe it was because of the casting out of demons. Probably because he used the name of Jesus to do it.

How did this person know how to cast out demons out of people? Who taught him to focus on the name of the Lord Jesus?

In the next chapter, Jesus sent out 72 people to announce the coming of God’s kingdom. Filled with excitement they offered the following testimony upon their return.

When the seventy-two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” Luke 10:17

Focus on the Lord Jesus Because of the Power in His Name

We too must focus on the name of our Lord Jesus. Why? Because of the high honor given to Him in the entire universe.

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names. Philippians 2:9

Also, the Father receives glory when we bow to His name and declare Jesus Lord of all.

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11

Do you remember the Great Commission Jesus gave to the disciples and us at the end of Matthew 28? First, though,  He declared His authority to make such a commission.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18

Only through the name of Jesus can a person enter into heaven. Fortunately, the scripture makes it clear that salvation is available to everyone.

Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  Romans 10:12-13

Everyone, however, who does not call upon the name of Jesus will not see heaven. They will instead spend eternity separated apart from God.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:18

Keep Your Life Focused

Focus On The Name Of Jesus

When a person gets saved, they must focus their life around the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior.

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.  Colossians 3:17

Look at the things the Bible offers us when we keep our focus on the Lord. The list below contains just of few of those benefits.

We must not misuse the name of Jesus or use His name in vain. Even though many freely use His name as a swear word, that freedom will one day cease.

At just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 1 Timothy 6:15

John’s Complaint to Jesus

That day John complained about someone ministering in the name of Jesus. Whether he was plagued with jealousy or ignorance, Jesus quickly changed his thinking.

We too must be careful about judging others when they are ministering. Instead, let’s focus on the name of Jesus our Lord.

And if you think there may be some issues or problems by the way a person is ministering. Take it to the Lord, just like John did.

Lord, help me to avoid judgment towards others as they minister. I must focus on the Lord Jesus because of the power and benefits associated with His name.

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