July 10th 2010

For The Sake Of The Name

6th in a series based on 3 John 

“It was for the sake of the Name that they went out…”
3 John 7 (NIV) 

Why do we do the things we do?

There are obviously many answers we could give, each revealing different biases and motives. Gaius, John’s friend, had gone to see some believers he had not met before. He had taken a message with him, and the message appeared to be about mission because the strangers went out “for the sake of the Name”. John went on to explain that the believers ought to show hospitality to them as they travelled around.

Really Christians do everything for the sake of the name of Jesus. “Whatever you do”, wrote Paul, “do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

The idea of “name” in the Bible is more than just a way of recognising someone. It has to do with attributes of personality and character, and what values a person is known by. When we speak or act in the name of, or for the sake of, Jesus it means we represent him and therefore we take his reputation with us. People will judge Jesus by how we behave.

What would it be like if, every time we went out, no matter where we were going or what we intended to do or whom we planned to meet, it was for the sake of the Name? Would it change our outlook on life? Having such a motivation would change everything.

In the Psalms we read, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” (118:26). That’s talking about you and me. Whatever we do or say, let it be for the sake of the Name!

Prayer
Help me to represent Jesus wherever I go and let whatever I do or say be for the sake of the Name—in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by James Henderson 

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