While change is inevitable, conflict or confusion over it doesn’t have to be if we make the change in the name of the Lord and for His name’s sake. Through the power of His name He provides what we need to effectively navigate change.
Power for Change in the Name of the Lord Because of These Provisions
We have at least four provisions that give us good reasons to keep the name of the Lord central to the change process:
- Many church conflicts began because of changes being implemented that some people wanted and others disagreed with. To preserve unity, we need a power outside of ourselves strong enough to draw us together despite our differences. Notice the source of power in the following prayer Jesus made on our behalf.
Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one. (Jn. 17:11)
His name is the unifying factor, not that we all agree or conform. Trying to make change without reminders of this power source robs us of not only the grounds for navigating through change well but also the means of doing so. We must constantly call on the power of His name to protect us and preserve unity.
- We often walk through a lot of unknowns in the change process. And, it can put us under spiritual attack as Satan, our enemy, doesn’t want us to change in ways the might bring growth. Notice the source of protection and confidence in the following verses:
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. (Prov. 18:10)
They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them down. (Ps. 118:11)
Through you we push back our enemies; through your name we trample our foes. (Ps. 44:5)
These verses deal more with military danger but that same power helps us with any kind of resistance we might face. We aren’t looking to literally trample down people in His name but rather to break down the strongholds in ourselves and others so we can move forward. Trying to make change without coming under the banner of His name removes the safeguards and impetus to make change with Christ-like motivations and means.
- We’ll sometimes come under criticism from the world, and even from within the Church, when we make changes that break from tradition or that don’t line up with people’s worldview. At these times, we must pray,
Save me, O God, by your name; vindicate me by your might. (Ps. 54:1)
We can rise above because the power of His name gives us the perspective we need. When we trust in the name of the Lord, we don’t have to get defensive when people criticize. We can keep moving forward knowing that one day the Lord will vindicate us when we are doing what we do in His name.
- Because we’re human, we might sometimes forget to call on and trust in the name of the Lord. We consequently might make mistakes in the change process. Our attitudes toward naysayers might not always be Christ-like. We might get off track. All is not lost. With the psalmist, we can pray,
For the sake of your name, LORD, forgive my iniquity, though it is great. (Ps. 25:11)
Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake. (Ps. 79:9)
With forgiveness in His name comes an inner peace through restoration of ourselves with God and opportunity for regrouping and reconciliation with others.