Have you ever had that reaction? When someone made some remark about you and you thought, “Whaaaaat?” Maybe you heard something in class or at work or over lunch that struck you as odd, weird, or just plain wrong. We often react the way the minion did.
Recorded in the book of Acts is the growth of the early church. People from all over the world were coming to faith in Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit was manifested more during that time than maybe any other. The innocence and passion of the first believers magnified the Spirit in their lives. So much so, that Peter’s shadow healed people. Paul’s apron healed people. The fame of these men spread and soon others wanted in on the action.
11 God was performing unusual miracles through Paul. 12 Even handkerchiefs and aprons he had used were taken to the sick, and their diseases were driven away, and the evil spirits would go out of them. 13Some Jews who traveled around and drove out evil spirits also tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus to do this. They said to the evil spirits, “I command you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches.” 14Seven brothers, who were the sons of a Jewish High Priest named Sceva, were doing this. 15But the evil spirit said to them, “I know Jesus, and I know about Paul; but you—who are you?”
Those demons knew these sons of Sceva were out of their league. It was as if the demons said, “Whaaaaat?” What they heard was such nonsense. They knew Jesus. They recognized Paul. These men they did not know.
How often do we go around trying to be someone else? The clothes, makeup, speech patterns, words, and more we choose often is a result of wanting to be someone else. We are unhappy with ourselves for some reason and attempt to be someone else. Maybe they are richer or more famous. Maybe we believe they like themselves more and we want to emulate that position. Regardless, we need to be who we are designed to be. These men were trying to be someone else and it caused them great embarrassment and harm. They were trying to look and act like Paul. They were not Paul. They were not believers. They were users and haters.
- Believe it – God made you special. God loves you as you are not when you try to be someone else.
- Sacrifice it – Give your life to God by faith in Jesus unlocking your full potential.
- Own it – By faith you have been forgiven. You have received the Holy Spirit. You are a child of God.
- Live it – Following Christ is like fulfilling the dream you never thought was possible.
Have a great day being you!