This post is short and sweet.
Yesterday a client shared a profound statement with me. He tee’d it up with a background story out of acts. Perhaps you’ve heard it?
Some itinerant Jewish exorcists who happened to be in town at the time tried their hand at what they assumed to be Paul’s “game.” They pronounced the name of the Master Jesus over victims of evil spirits, saying, “I command you by the Jesus preached by Paul!” The seven sons of a certain Sceva, a Jewish high priest, were trying to do this on a man when the evil spirit talked back: “I know Jesus and I’ve heard of Paul, but who are you?”
After giving the backstory he simply said, “I want to be known. When the evil spirits recount the names of difference makers in the faith, I want to be known”. I was stunned for a second because I felt deeply for him, then it quickly shifted to me.
I want to be known too. Am I living a life worthy of evil spirits knowing who I am. Am I a threat? Am I in the game? Did I even show up to my life today, much less to the redemptive vision of bringing God’s kingdom to the planet?
Remember: your past behavior doesn’t define you, nor does it disqualify you from the work of ushering in the kingdom.
May we live in such a way that evil spirits might tremble with fear saying, “Jesus and Paul I know……and I know who you are too”.