32 Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
Wow! Those are probably two of the most powerful and most convicting scriptures in the Bible. How many times have I stood silently while people have used the Lord’s name in vain or made mockery of beliefs that I hold dear? Denying Christ doesn’t just come from saying “I don’t know the man” as Peter did in Mark 14:66~72, denial comes in allowing people to disrespect my faith. For the longest time, I used to just skip over comments or posts online that I found offensive or I’d sit silently while people spoke maliciously of my beliefs. I felt like, hey, they’re not directing their comments at me specifically, so why deal? But recently I’ve started thinking if people can be so bold in their opinions, why can’t I be as bold in my beliefs? I don’t want Jesus to deny me in Heaven before His father. I want Him to embrace me and say “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Today, I proudly proclaim that I am a child of God and I firmly believe that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and no man gets to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6). If this means that I lose some friends along the way or that I become the object of ridicule, that’s fine with me. I will be blessed because today I walk in the light of His presence.
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