“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of man also will acknowledge before the angels of God; but he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)
What does it mean to acknowledge God before others? It is living a way that one may easily mistake you for Jesus. It is loudly proclaiming your faith in God by your actions. Does my dressing acknowledge God? How godly is my everyday vocabulary? When offended, do my reactions acknowledge God? When put in charge of large sums of money, do I acknowledge God?
The examples may go on but the point is clear: Stop living your life as if there is no God; as if you will never give an account of your life before your creator. Someone once said: Christians today, are more concerned about their discomfort than about their disobedience. How sad that we call on God when we need His blessings but we forget Him quickly when he needs our obedience.
When your life proclaims God, you have nothing to fear as Jesus promises us: “When they bring you before synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious how or what you are to answer or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:11-12). God lives with and in those whose lives proclaim His existence.
St. Paul in today’s first reading continues his exhortation on Faith. Abraham received the promise not because of anything he did but because of His unflinching faith in God. We are justified not by our good deeds but by our faith in God. However, this does not mean we are to freely commit sin. As St. James would say, “show me your faith without any work, and I by my works will show you my faith” (James 2:18). Of course, how do we acknowledge God before men if we do not obey His words?
Let us pray: Lord Jesus, help me to choose you above the world. Amen.
Bible Study: Romans 4:13,16-18, Ps. 105:6-9,42-43, Luke 12:8-12)