“I also say to you, whoever confesses me before men, him the Son of Man will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12: 8 – 9.)
Pride plays a major role in what we communicate to others; most intuitively hide what is unimportant or shameful, while openly expressing the attributes they hold most dear. In American culture, individuals utilize social media to post quotes, publish photos, and transmit thoughts. Many also use billboards, bumper stickers, t-shirts, and jewelry to convey their beliefs. Yet in a nation supposedly comprised of a Christian majority, Jesus Christ rarely occupies the top position. He is often displaced by seemingly more important things; like a career, a family, a political candidate, a sports team, a noteworthy cause, or even a unique lifestyle.
Throughout history Christians have been persecuted for their outward professions of faith. In many countries today, those who openly convert from Islam to Christianity face execution and imprisonment. Only some are afforded the right to a trial; during these mock proceedings, evidence of a true conversion is presented against the accused. To test the genuineness of our faith, we must ask ourselves a hypothetical question; “If we were to go on trial for our lives, what evidence would our accusers have to convict us of being true Christians?” Would we be blamed for spreading the gospel? Would we be found guilty of outwardly displaying our beliefs without shame or remorse? Would others willingly testify that we followed the teachings of Jesus Christ? Would we be condemned by love, and convicted for the faith?
Those who are proud to be disciples are truly committed to the Lord. As believers we must actively seek to express our beliefs in obvious and practical ways; through words, deeds, and nonverbal communication. Whether it’s the bumper sticker that reads, “Jesus is Lord,” or the cross that hangs from our neck; outward displays of devotion strengthen our relationship with God. Each time we openly express our love for Christ, we grow closer to our Heavenly Father; who in turn, showers down upon us, all of His spiritual blessings.
“Lord Heavenly Father, give us the strength and the desire to share our faith with others. May we never be ashamed to be called Your Sons and Daughters. Continue to be our number one love; may nothing ever come before You. In Your wisdom, give us opportunities to communicate Your message to those who are devoid of understanding; that they too would come to know You as we have. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.” God bless all of you.