Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

10/10/2018

Randall Caselman

 

Hallowed Be His Name

 

  A little boy was asked to word a prayer in Bible class. He began with: "Our Father in heaven, Howard be Thy name." When quizzed about who was this Howard, he replied: "Howard is God’s name. The preacher said so: 'Our Father in Heaven Howard be Thy name.'"

 

  This youngster may not be the only one of us who misunderstands this phrase "Hallowed be Thy name."  Saying these words from the heart is our acknowledging, confessing,our belief in God's absolute set apart difference, His holiness.

 

  When Isaiah came to the Temple to consult with God over the problems caused by King Uzziah’s death, he sees and hears some strange things. Six winged Seraphim are crying: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord Almighty" At this declaration the Temple foundations shook and it was filled with smoke.

 

  Indeed, our Father God is Holy! Less than five times in the Bible is anything repeated to the superlative degree, and church, only once in all of scripture is an attribute of God escalated to the third level. He is Holy, Holy, Holy!

 

How do we personally hallow His name?

 

  By giving Him His proper place in our life. To Hallow God’s name means that we give Him first priority in: Our values, our thoughts, speech, behavior and worship. It’s interesting to note that this is not only the first petition in this model prayer; it was the first of The Ten Commandments from Mount Sinai. "Thou shall have no other God’s before Me." Jesus said: "The first and greatest commandment was to have a passion for God, loving Him with all our heart, mind, strength, and soul. Holding God to be Holy means that: 

• His interests take precedence over our interests.

• His passions come before our passions.

• Our dreams take a backseat to His dreams.

• His goals take precedent over our goals.

• His name is placed above our name.

• His esteem above self-esteem.

  Then and only then will God’s name be hallowed in our lives.

 

  To hallow His name means we pursue a holy lifestyle. Peter admonishes us: "As obedient children of God, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is Holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy'" (1 Peter 1.14-16). There's no doubt that God desires we be like Him, holy!

 

  Hallowing God’s Name means we give Him reverence and worship. In His conversation with the Samaritan woman, Jesus said:"A time is coming and is now here when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for this is the kind of worshipers that God seeks." I don’t know all that "spirit and truth" worship entails, but I think it means that God wants us to worship Him: Not out of duty, but because we want to, not just in rote ritual, but genuine heartfelt worship extended to Him because His grace, mercy, loving kindness compels us. Spirit and truth worship occurs because we're compelled. Because we can't do anything else but pay Him homage for His loving kindness toward us. Becoming holy is our becoming a living sacrifice, an instrument of righteousness, in the hands of our Father God.

 

 The question becomes! Is God’s name hallowed to you, and Randall?

 

—Randall Caselman