In Revelation 3, Jesus is addressing the church in Sardis about their pursuit of a reputation. Jesus tell them, “You have definitely made a name for yourself. People know you are making things happen, and you have a reputation of being successful.” Sounds good, right? Except Jesus goes on to say, “But I’m not concerned about your reputation; I’m more interested in your character.”
Jesus uses the same Greek word four times in just six short verses to show the progression He is looking for from popular reputation to godly character:
- You have tried to make a name for yourself, but your focus is wrong (Rev. 3:1).
- The name you should focus on is My name—you should be glorifying Me, not yourself (v. 4).
- If you glorify Me, I will make sure your name is never erased from the Book of Life (v. 5a).
- Not only that, if you glorify Me, I will personally introduce you to My Father. I will say, “This one is Mine!” (v. 5b)
Contrast that with people who say, “Jesus, didn’t we do some pretty amazing things in Your name? Did you check us out?!?” And Jesus will reply to them, “I never knew you because you were only using Me to make yourself look good” (see Matthew 7:21-23; Revelation 3:2).
I am not living for the applause of men, but only for the applause of nail-scarred Hands.
I don’t want the headlines here, but I want to hear my Lord say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
I don’t want a reputation here, but I want a godly character in Heaven.
That’s the name I want!!
If you are near Cedar Springs this weekend, please join us for part six of this series The 7-Star Church.