Honoring the Name of Jesus
1. Becoming a mature church
The church in Ephesus was an infant and lukewarm church that needed to mature. And God was going to change that, starting with Paul. The change is made up of five parts: fear, honor, repentance, unity and victory.
Here, fear means awe, reverence and adoration for God. Sometimes we get so comfortable with God that He loses some of His majesty. Remember, the moment we have a thought about God or say the Lord’s name, we have already brought Him down.
Are we, as one body, honoring the Lord Jesus with our lives? Ephesians 4:30 (NIV) says that our sins “grieve the Holy Spirit.” The more we know Him, the less we want to grieve Him. Ask the Lord to give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you would know Him better.
It was after the Ephesians confessed and repented that the church really began to grow and mature. What sins are keeping us from a deeper relationship with the Lord? How is that affecting our fellowship? We cannot do it alone, so do we have anyone whom we can confide in?
5. One body
We rise and fall together. Are we unified? When one of us is walking through the fire, who here will walk with them? Acts 2:42, 44-47 records what a true church looks like. Compare it to ours and see what we can do to make it more like the biblical example.
It is only when we Revere the Lord and Honor His name that true repentance begins. And, it is from that renewal of grace, in the name of Jesus, that we are empowered to Love as the Lord has commanded and to walk as a unified mature body of believers. Then we will be a Victorious city on a hill shining brightly in this dark world.