A Devotion May Be Someone's Only Bible

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And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  Deuteronomy 6:6-8 NKJV

Photo courtesy of morguefile and imelenchon.)Very early I could sense a rivalry for highest esteem between the Huffs and my grandma Huff’s family, the Williams’. When Grandpa Huff died, the Williams’ side became the clear winner. Every August my aunts and uncles came home for the Williams’ Family Reunion. Unable to make the trip twice in a summer, they never came for the Huff reunion. Grandpa’s sisters did what they could to bolster the importance of the Huffs, but Grandma was successful in keeping her kids coming home on her weekend. They wouldn’t dare disappoint Grandma.

That rivalry instilled family pride. We could not point to any special accomplishments of our ancestors, but we had a pride of who we were. A threat of doom to any who besmirched the family name hovered over us all, though unstated. With it, we had an inner desire both to maintain the good name we had in the community and to do what we could to elevate it more.

Guarding the family namesake can be a very strong motivator—perhaps stronger than teachings and convictions. We can become more concerned with our reputations than with God’s. This leads me to wonder how much our behavior would change if we changed our last name after becoming a Christian. Would we weigh what impact our actions might have on Jesus’ family namesake before worrying about ourselves? Would we be cautious not to besmirch his family name? Would signing my name as Charles Huff-Christ be a constant reminder of who I am and what my life’s drive and focus has become?

Imagine (your surname)–Christ, on everything you put your name to, whether signing a check, stating a position in an argument, or endorsing an action. Do you feel stronger in your action, or do you have second thoughts? Either one reveals a growing desire to guard your namesake, and that is good.

Let the name of Christ change you.

(Photo couirtesy of morguefile and imelenchon.)

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Charles Huff

Charles Huff is a Bible teacher, having taught in the United States and the Philippines. He has self-published three teachings and has a book in process to be submitted to a publishing house. He is a member of Word Weavers International-Aurora, Illinois, where he lives with his wife of forty-plus years.