Don’t Deny Him
Reading: Luke 12:8-12
Also I say unto you, “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven. And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.”
In the last passage we read how Jesus called us to fear God and not men, especially not those who manipulate the Word of the Lord to intimidate and manipulate others through their own ideas, which are far from God’s teaching.
In that context, Jesus continues saying that we should never be ashamed of Him, nor deny Him.
If we deny Jesus, it is because we are not really His, thus, on the day of judgement He will not recognize us as His sheep.
I would like to think about two interesting questions in this passage:
How do we deny the Lord?: We deny him when we don’t show ourselves to be his disciples, when we don’t make it evident in front of others that we love following His commandments and instructions. When our faith is a faith in disguise. We deny it when, in circumstances in which identifying with Jesus can bring consequences, we play dumb. Being a Christian is proclaiming Him with our mouths and our lives.
Expect rejection: Sometimes people warmly accept when you talk to them about Jesus, but when the Gospel shows us that He is not simply a good teacher, but rather the one who comes to remove from our hearts the sin that kills us, and when the Word of God shows us the depth of our wickedness (only then can we recognize our need), it is less pleasant. Only by the power of the Holy Spirit working in someone’s heart can they experience the repentance that leads to salvacion, otherwise, that message causes rejection. You can experience that rejection personally, even to the point that it becomes rejection.
Make sure that if you are rejected, it is because you are preaching Jesus with love and grace as He did, and not because you are trying to impose the Christian faith (only God can change the heart).
MEDITATE: Are we willing to be rejected for Christ’s sake? How can we make it evident that we are His followers?
Translation By: Emily Stader