The World You See

Then it shall be to Me a name of joy, a praise, and an honor before all nations of the earth, who shall hear all the good that I do to them; they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and all the prosperity that I provide for it
— Jeremiah 33:9 NKJV

Names give a special designation to individuals so that each can be uniquely recognized. Every name has a meaning and something distinctive about it. Different cultures in the world have their own traditions for selecting names. The Bible itself contains many lessons for us regarding the importance of names. One of the most significant aspects of a name is that it carries or signifies a heritage. After the Father created man and woman, He called their name “Adam,” or, in other translations, “man.” This signified oneness and union, not division and disunion. They came from the Father and carried His name. It was after sin entered their experience that Adam said accusingly to the Father, “the women that You gave me.” This is when the “great divide” started. One of the dearest things in the Father’s heart is His desire for a people to carry His name, a people who neither live by the standards of the world nor follow its ways. They live in the world but are not of the world. The people of the world see the Father in the lives of His children and tremble in awe of His goodness.

The world is defined and guided by its own principles and standards. Indeed, whenever we look around us, we marvel at the inventiveness and creativity of man. No matter how intelligent man might be, however, without knowledge of the Father, life is insignificant and meaningless. Regardless of how many new breakthroughs may come to the forefront, or how many things evolve for the better, the world without the Father is limited. Absent from the Father, the world knows no true joy, peace, honor, harmony, or rest.

As long as Adam was connected to the Father, he lacked nothing because he understood that everything he needed was in the Father in limitless abundance. Adam’s disconnect from the Father forced him to fend for himself. As he toiled by the sweat of his brow, he spent much energy out of himself, which was the price he paid for his disobedience and sin. Striving for survival has become the most common standard for how the world functions today. This struggle feeds a mentality of selfishness that has led multitudes of people to erect fences around their beliefs so they can zero in on what they care about the most: themselves.

The children of God present a different spirit in the world today. They understand that life within themselves involves exertion of their own energy, and without the Father, all growth is stifled. Their lives were paid for by the blood of the Lamb and they belong solely to Him. They pursue the Father and His heart continually without an ounce of worry or embarrassment. Even though the world may criticize, scorn, and mock them, they have no heart fear at being set apart for the Father or to follow the standard of righteousness, justice, and peace in the Holy Spirit. The Father’s light radiates from them, exposing everything that is hidden in darkness. This light diminishes worldly standards, forcing the world to see and know that there is God and that we know Him as Father. The Father is faithful and an abundant provider to those who seek Him. While famine, drought, and lack might impact the world, the children of the Father live in plenty because of His provisions. He will never leave or forsake us. His glory in our lives makes the world tremble because He is the greatest force that ever was, is, or ever will be.