To do something in vain is to do it without purpose.
The Bible says not to take the Lord’s name in vain. What does this mean exactly?
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Exodus 20:7 (NKJV)
This means anytime we say any of God’s names without purpose we are taking His name in vain.
A good thing to remember is when we say God’s name we need to be talking to Him or about Him.
Some people think taking the Lord’s name in vain just involves putting a swear word after it.
There are a lot of Christians who say God’s name without talking to Him or about Him all the time. “Oh God that’s terrible I am so sorry to hear that.” “For Christ’s sake I can’t believe that.” “Good Lord I didn’t realize that.”
So what is the big deal about this commandment?
This is the heartbeat behind the offense. When we say anyone of God’s names, we have His undivided attention.
To say His name and then not be talking to or about Him is rude and offensive to God and is a sin.
When we say God’s name, He says, “Yes, I’m listening.” Every time.
I say to myself, “Brett do not take God’s name in vain. God’s name is Holy and I have His undivided attention when I say it and then ignore Him.”
Remember it is one of the Ten Commandments along with Do Not Murder. God wants us to take this very seriously.
Have you been doing this without realizing the great offense? It’s not too late to make a change.