But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Acts 3:6
We’ve all done it. We’ve all been there. We’ve all dropped someone’s name in a conversation and mentioned to someone how we know a certain person, celebrity, idol, or athlete. We all have been guilty or accused of name dropping sometime in our lives. The reason we do this is because using someone else’s name gets us access into places, opens doors, gives us backing that we wouldn’t otherwise have ourselves. We can get into a certain event, concert, the V.I.P. section, the front row, party, meeting, conference, house, or club by impersonating someone else or saying that we know a certain so and so.
Jesus told us that if we ask anything in His name, He will do it (See John 14:13-14). In other words, things that we couldn’t do by dropping our own name will be done if we drop Jesus’ name. Jesus also tells us in Matthew 18:20 that if we gather together in His name, He is there with us. If we use the name of Jesus, we are ushered into His presence where otherwise we would not have gained access. When we use the name of Jesus, anything we do, anything we say; we have Heaven’s backing and we gain access to things and into places we never would have on our own.
There’s only one problem with name dropping. If you impersonate someone else or name drop in order to gain access into an area where otherwise you wouldn’t have permission to enter, when it’s found out that you really aren’t who you say you are or that you don’t know the person whose name you’ve been dropping or using; you get kicked out, escorted off the premises, you lose all credibility, and things don’t go well with or for you. We see an example of this in Acts 19:13-16. The seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were going around trying to cast out evil spirits in the name of Jesus. However, the evil spirit responded “I know Jesus, but who are you?” They were caught in the act and we see in verse 16 that it didn’t really go so well for them. In order to have the backing of Heaven, in order to have the weight, in order to have the power, and in order to gain access into places you otherwise wouldn’t have on your own; you need to have met Jesus, know Him, and have a personal relationship with Him.
So are you guilty of name dropping? Have you met Jesus? Do you know Him? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? If not, don’t name drop without the power, weight, and backing of Heaven anymore. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead so that you can have access into a life you’ve only dreamed of.