11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. 13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding. 17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.
Power in the name of Jesus
The power of the name of Jesus isn’t something that believers jump up and down about.
It’s part of the “new normal” of being a Christian.
But it seems that some people like to try to take that power and make it into something else. Perhaps a power that is only for the benefit of the person who wields it.
I must admit, I am guilty of this! While I do honour my creator and the saviour who died for me, I fall into the habit of using His gifts and His power for my own gain and rather than for His glory!
Lord help me to always strive to fulfil your kingdom’s purpose rather than my own.
Written by Ps Justin Ware