Luke 12:8–12 (ESV)
Acknowledge Christ Before Men
8 “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. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven,
but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit
will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
Over the last few days, we have been getting tough messages from Jesus telling us to continue in the faith and do not fear your enemies, but fear the one who has final authority
to Judge... which is Jesus. Today, Jesus is telling us to be vocal about our faith. Too often, we keep Jesus to ourselves and often make the claim that telling others about Jesus is just not our thing. Well, I say ok. Let’s listen
to Jesus speaking to you. 8“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.”
Jesus says we are to acknowledge Him before men. This is not a suggestion, it is our way of life. These words came straight from Jesus. But many will say, but Lord... I don’t know what to say. Don’t worry about it, Jesus
says “do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12"for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” I don’t know if this makes you want to hide, or if it inspires
you to want to tell others. Well, this is not a subtle reminder, but it actually makes me want to get out and acknowledge Jesus before men.
I pray: O Lord, I have tried to acknowledge you and do acknowledge you before others,
but Lord I know that I can do a better job. I still let fear and rejection stand between me and those I am to proclaim your mercies, but I want to do better. Let the Holy Spirit work in me and renew a right heart, to not fear those around me, but
to acknowledge you before others so that they too will not receive an eternal judgement. Help me to stand firm in my faith through faith, action, and words. Amen.