Are you known?
Acts 20: 18 “When they arrived, he said to them: “You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia.”
Paul is with his beloved Ephesian elders. It is his farewell speech. This is a tearful moment as Paul pours out his heart one last time to them. He starts by saying, “You know me ..”
There were many evangelists, healers, teachers who had similar itinerary ministries and yet were more interested in making a living rather than the real interests of those they were serving. Paul is making sure that after he has gone he is not lumped in the category of some of these professional ministers and also that the leaders don’t fall into this category either. He is saying ‘I’m different’. More than that, “You know I’m different”
v18 You know.
v20 You know.
v34 You yourselves know.
It’s not what we think about ourselves that is important, but what is known by others. Do they know you are different?
It is reminiscent of 1 Thessalonians 2, where because he had to be smuggled out of the city and had not returned, people began to say he was insincere towards them.
v1 “You know brothers ..”
v2 “as you know ..”
v5 “You know we never ..”
v9 “Surely you remember ..”
v10 “You are witnesses..”
v11 “For you know ..”
Are you confident in what people know of you?
You know you are not perfect, you know of the sins in your life, but what people know of you because they have spent time with you is honourable and good. You are different to others.