A challenging year has come to an end. Do Christians have a say in what 2012 will bring? Do we have power or authority to make a difference? Is there strength in unity and power in agreement even in the midst of a world gone crazy? The answer to all these questions is a resounding YES!
There’s an African proverb that states: “It’s not what you call me, but what I answer to.” So I ask you, fellow Christians: What do you answer to? This question should be easy to answer, but—unfortunately—some of us haven’t discovered who we are in Christ so we don’t know our names. But God knows each of us inside-out—he’s even numbered the hairs of our heads!—so we can trust what He calls us.
I propose for 2012 that we Christians focus on what God calls us and learn to walk in the power and authority that is already ours in Christ. I propose that we make 2012 a year of discovery, of victory, of taking God at His Word, of faith-filled action (like a Christian caucus!), and lead the way to a restored America. Isaiah 2:5 gives us a clear directive: Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
When we really know who we are, we can walk in the light of the Lord. When we know who we are, we answer only to our rightful names. If your name is Sally, do you answer to Bob?
Below are a few of the names I answer to, and if you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, you should answer to these names, too:
- Follower of Jesus (John 3:16; John 14:6)
- Receiver of mercy and grace (Heb. 4:16)
- Salt and light in the world (Matt. 5:13-14; John 8:12)
- More than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37-39)
- Super power over the enemy (Luke 10:19)
- Comforter of the weary (Isa. 50:4)
- Wise student (1 Cor. 2:15-16; Prov. 18:15; Prov. 23:12)
- Wise teacher (Prov. 16:23)
- Person of power, love and self-discipline (2 Tim. 1:7)
- Brave warrior (Eph. 6:10-12; Ps. 91:2-7; Isa. 43:2)
- A sheep that knows and follows the voice of her Shepherd (John 10:1-5)
- Encourager (Rom. 15:2)
- The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21)
I understand there are more than 50 million Christians in the United States alone! If all of us knew who we are and started answering to our rightful names, imagine the great things we could do for God and for our nation? Why are so many of us silent? (Awake, O sleeper!)
The election of 2012 is the most important in most of our lifetimes. We Christians have an opportunity to restore America so it can once again answer to its own correct name—a nation founded on and following Judeo-Christian principles. We have the number and power to help our nation become the shining light upon a hill that Ronald Reagan spoke about. Just think what we Christians could accomplish together if we’d claim our true identity, rise up in unity and fight for truth.
My request of you today is that you begin your journey to the restoration of America by seeking God’s wisdom about the candidate you should support in the 2012 elections. Join me in praying daily for Christians across the nation to operate with the wisdom available to us in Christ so we will support and vote for candidates who seek God’s Word for guidance, who make decisions after receiving direction from God, who know and obey their Shepherd’s voice. Pray for a modern-day David to rise up out of the field of candidates to serve America with—first and foremost—a heart for God because what we need to restore America is for God to be the King of our nation once again. This will happen only if we elect a president who agrees.
Eph. 5:8b-9— . . . live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.