Text: Luke 12 (Leviticus 21-22)
In Luke 12, we find strong teachings of Jesus – the life of a follower requires commitment and will include controversy with those who reject Jesus. He speaks plainly:
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”
Jesus is making a simple statement about whether we willingly identify ourselves as Christ followers in the presence of others. In our present day culture, it is becoming increasingly unpopular to be a Christian. For now, we enjoy legal protection and are generally safe from physical violence. That said, social rejection is a powerful force. Most of us want to liked and accepted, strongly motivated by the need to feel significant and secure. As a result, we can be slow to speak of Jesus, and even tempted to deny Him before others. To do so has grave consequences in the unseen realm and at the judgment to come. Can you imagine thinking you are safe and secure and heaven bound only to hear Jesus say, “I don’t know him” on that dreadful day? To confess Jesus is to be saved. And the truly saved continue to confess Him, no matter the risks.
in Him, Mike