Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (Acts 19:13-15)
Who are you?
Would you be recognized as a follower of Jesus (not just by evil spirits, but by anybody you meet)?
When you talk about your faith, are you talking about an abstraction or are you talking about someone you know?
You don’t have to be perfect, that’s for sure — just look at David, featured in our Old Testament reading this morning in the act of committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah killed.
However, you do have to be known by God, and you have to do what God’s followers do — repent.
Knowing God and being known, just like any friendship, means putting in the time. That’s largely what we are doing when we pray the Daily Offices — spending face time with God.
Coming face to face with the living God, especially as we meet him in Jesus, highlights our sinfulness and leads us to want to change.
David will be confronted by Nathan, the prophet of God, in tomorrow morning’s reading, and he will repent of his sin.
Saul, whose early ministry was to persecute Christians, repented after he began to know the risen Jesus. In a complete turnaround (which is basically what repenting means), his new ministry under the new name of Paul was to help establish new churches.
Who are you?
Are you a friend of God?
Are you putting in the time and making the changes that your friendship requires?