Reading: Luke 12. 1-12
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, 9 but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” – Luke 12:8-9
Modern man admires Jesus but seldom has he acknowledged Him. Some times people say…”I love Jesus. He knows my heart. I will keep my religion to myself. What’s the need to tell it to everyone?” But friend, if your heart is filled with the love of Jesus, what keeps you from pouring it out before people? It is fear, right? You fear men.
Jesus is our bridegroom. No bride is hesitant to confess her groom before people. Rather, she would do it proudly. What is there to be ashamed of to tell others that you are the bride of Jesus and He is your saviour, master and eternal God? Remember, millions were martyred for confessing their faith. Do you consider their confession as foolish?
These days, even churchgoers fail to witness Jesus. Their faith is unknown to those who are always with them in school, office and workplace. They “worship” in church, but are afraid or ashamed to confess Jesus before people. You need to confess your faith “before men,” not just inside the church. If you are ashamed, Jesus says, he has to “disown you before the angels of God!”
Whom do you fear? Jesus said; “do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing the body, has power to throw you into hell” (Luke 12:4-5). Fear God! You know what awaits those who deny God and receive the mark of the beast? “…He will be tormented with burning sulphur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb” (Rev 14:10).
Let’s be proud to witness Jesus before people. Do you know the reward for it? Jesus will acknowledge us before the angels… He will proudly say to them, “Look, my bride who loved me so much and confessed me before people without fear and shame!” What else do we need in heaven?
Prayer: Lord, Help me to be shameless and fearless to tell the world that I belong to you, Amen!
Further reading: I Peter 4. 12- 19; 2 Timothy 2 8-11; Rev 12. 7-12;