Isaiah 26:8 - "Yes Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait eagerly for You, for Your name AND YOUR RENOWN are the desire of our soul." // When you desire the name, you desire the person. When you desire the renown, you desire the fame.
If it's only you and Jesus, you don’t know Jesus
"The passion for His fame is right there in the verse. Your name and your renown are the desire of our souls. And when we say that His name and His fame are our desire, we don't mean [to say] maybe He'll be famous. There's no maybe about it. in order to truly be born again as a follower of Christ, one must desire God more than anything else. If the name and the fame of Jesus the Savior, the Son of God, the King of Kings does not become your greatest desire, you will not only waste your life, you will lose it." -JP
With all this being said, the desire for the fame and the renown of Jesus Christ must be number one in your life. Everything must come second to this, but a lot WILL flow from this. If the name and renown of Jesus is # 1 in your life then from your heart, love will flow, selflessness will flow, grace will flow, patience will flow, truth will flow, and peace will flow.
Make Jesus Famous. — Wake up everyday conquering your selfishness in the little moments and this mission be the center of your heart. Wake up and putting aside the selfishness of your own productivity and success and pick up the word of God that will equip you to fight the countless battles you face every single day. Fight your pride in prayer and realizing that your life’s only meaning comes from Christ — (His Name and His Renown.)
In your selfish desire of making your own name known and trying to find life, YOU WILL LOSE IT. You may “gain” a good 80 or so years in this life, but in the end you will loose your soul in the eternity ahead. BUT when Christ and His renown are the center of all your desires AND more than that.. your main desire, you will “lose your life” (at least in the standards of this world) but in losing your life in this life you will then you will find it in the life to come. — (Matthew 16:25 - For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.)
Let me turn back and further explain the point, “If it's only you and Jesus, you don’t know Jesus”
…For this sentence has the power to change your life. — Our culture likes to promote a “Private Jesus” a “Jesus” that you only pray to when YOU need something, a “Jesus” that you hide in your back pocket until you need his saving grace or his miraculous healing, a “Jesus” that you turn to when life goes south but who you turn your back on when life is going well, or a “Jesus” you make to fit YOUR own morals and YOUR own standards. But let me tell you THIS IS NOT THE JESUS OF THE BIBLE. This is not the Jesus that has the power to save you from eternal punishment. If this is the “Jesus” that you worship, then you DO NOT KNOW OR WORSHIP JESUS.
If you know the real, life altering, grace giving, loving Jesus, then the main desire of your heart (and let me dare say the only desire of your heart) WILL BE the Name and fame of Christ. And if that is the position of your heart, then all other Godly desires will follow. If you know Jesus, others MUST know. (If your heart is set on Christ than your actions, words, and love will be shown in a way that those around you can’t deny that you KNOW Jesus.)
1 Peter 2:9
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
PROCLAIM HIS EXCELLENCIES!
If you truly know Jesus you WILL desire to make him known. Not maybe desire it, you MUST and you WILL desire His fame.
You are good, You are holy, You are Love, and You are gracious. Thank you for your saving grace and calling me out of darkness into your Wonderfull light. Change my desires from within that my actions change without. My desires tend to be selfish more than not, and I am prone to seek my own good and my own renown. Radically change this within me, I have no power to do this on my own, and only through you will I see change. I seek you because you first sought me. YES Lord, walking in the way of your truth, we wait EAGERLY for You, for Your name AND YOUR RENOWN are the desire of our soul.