I suspect that many of us have heard the story of Peter denying Jesus three times and probably thought, “I can’t believe he did that!” Have you ever had that thought? I know I have.

I mean really, how could you deny Jesus? Weenie!

In Matthew 10, Jesus says, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” (v.32-33).

It is pretty simple the way Jesus explains it. If you acknowledge me, then I will acknowledge you. If you deny me, then I will deny you.

I remember the Christian band DC Talk had this lyric in one of their songs that said, “you acknowledge me with your lips, then deny me with your life.”

We have all probably done just that. We say we know Jesus and then do whatever we want.

I think this statement by Jesus is pretty sobering. He expects us to live out our faith, not in secret, but publicly. He wants the world to hear and see his followers. This seems like a reasonable request for someone who died so that we might be reconciled back to God. Don’t you think?

I honestly can say that I don’t want Jesus to deny me before His Father, so my only proper response is to acknowledge Jesus in everything I say and do.

Pretty simple, right?

Consider:

We acknowledge Jesus when…

  • We aren’t afraid to SHARE our faith with others.
  • We lead our family in morning or evening devotionals.
  • We start a lunch time Bible study at work.
  • We won’t cheat at work or at home.
  • We vote our principles.
  • We love and help people.
  • We refuse to compromise our sexual purity with anyone.
  • We STAND UP any time there is an injustice.
  • We won’t allow the government to take away our FREEDOM.

-Pastor Daniel