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    By: Gabriela Yareliz

    What’s in a name?
    Apparently, a lot.

    There are many popular gyms in New York, as a “Manhattanite” student, two come to mind: Crunch and Equinox.

    Crunch can be found on many street corners of the Manhattan. It has a purple banner with its bicep logo. Students often go to Crunch. They fulfill their workout routines, blow some steam, watch others and sometimes get a scoop of gossip. Crunch is “affordable,” and so law students from around the area sign up.

    Then, there is Equinox. The two I have glanced into have a lobby that looks like a ritzy hotel lobby. Marble counters, grand staircases–at first it was hard for me to believe that it was a gym. In the window, there is usually an ad for the gym. An oversexualized portrait of a fit man, usually in what looks like an expensive suit with a woman, who looks like a runway model, all over him or displayed on a staircase, table or bed.

    I once had a classmate who signed up for an expensive cycling class at Equinox. A celebrity she liked would attend that same class once in a while. The power of that membership resulted in rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.

    The thing is, you cannot have a membership to Crunch and then show up to Equinox and expect them to let you in to use their top-notch glitzy machinery.

    To have access to what you want, you need to sign up for what you want to access. In short, if you want a cycling class with your favorite actor, you better be willing to say goodbye to your Crunch sling backpack and bring a credit card to swipe your life away at Equinox (student perspective, of course).

    Spirituality functions similarly. If you look at an atlas or globe, you’ll note that all rivers do not lead to the same sea. If simpler things in life work this way, like a gym membership, how can we expect something as complex as worship and belief to work in the way we want them to.

    Just because we want to invoke whatever name or worship whatever we think is right, doesn’t mean our opinions change the truth.

    Our opinions or convenience does not change the way the universe works.

    Just like I can’t show up at Equinox with a Crunch membership, I can’t approach God in anyway other than the way He provided and prescribed for humanity.

    Fortunately, membership to access God is free:

    When Jesus taught His disciples to pray (Luke 11:2), He also taught them to pray to God the Father in His name.

    “Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13.

    Jesus made clear that the path to God the Father is through Him, God the Son.

    “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

    Belief in Jesus’ sacrifice for you; invoking His name in faith–that is your bridge to God.

    Through sin, we distance ourselves from God. Jesus, through His sacrifice, reconciled us to God and gave us access to the “throne of grace.”

    “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

    As we continue to pray for God’s Holy Spirit, let us make sure we are coming to God in faith; faith in the name of Jesus. He says, if we ask in His name, He will do, so that the Father may be glorified.

    There is only one name above all names: Jesus.

    For more information on the Ten Days of Prayer:

    http://www.tendaysofprayer.org

    Or

    http://www.adventist.org

    Day 3: Name above all names

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