For the Sake of the Name
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. – 3 John 5-8
Check out last week’s sermon here.
The formula goes like this…
|God’s glory (climatically in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection).||+||Seeing Jesus with a heart of faith.||=||Following, sending, serving, and going for the sake of His name.|
Question: Will I be found faithful to God (3 John 5) when the moment to serve arises?
What is the problem with this question? Mainly, it assumes that service to God is something that can be turned on and off like the water tap. Rather Scripture calls us to give our whole selves (time, talent, and energy) to God as a living offering to God (Romans 12:1).
In 3 John 5-8, John connects faithfulness to God to the proclamation of Jesus’ name to the world. It is an act of faithfulness to God to _________ for the sake of Jesus’ name.
For the sake of the name, the name of Jesus Christ, FOLLOW.
Jesus will reign, every knee knocking (some in terror and others in joy) bowing in reverence before Him (Philippians 2:5-11). Jesus is reigning now and will be recognized by every tongue proclaiming, “He is Lord!” He is a worthy Lord to follow, now.
For the sake of His name, SERVE and SEND in a manner worthy of God (3 John 6).
Beloved Gaius in 3 John was found faithful in his service to the itinerant Christian brothers. He did not turn off the tap of faithfulness when given the opportunity to serve. Jesus’ name is worthy of our service.
He is also worthy of the restructure of our resources, so that we would send well. What does sending well look like? John says that we should send and care for Christian missionaries, who go for the sake of Jesus’ name, in a manner worthy of God. What is God worthy of? All our time, resources, and energy. The burden seems to be less on miserliness and more on genuine generosity and care for those who go.
For the sake of Jesus’ name, GO.
“*For God’s global glory,” go into all the world and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus’ name, his fame and global reputation, must be proclaimed to the ends of the earth. There is no other salvation available outside of Jesus (Acts 4:12). The combined value (by the Spirit) of the exclusiveness of Christ, the severity of the human condition outside of Christ, and the great glory of God are the rocket fuel of the Church to go out and proclaim.
*Shared from the sermon preached by Pastor Mike on November 14, 2021. I encourage you to listen here.