“Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10: 32-33
I think I’ve mentioned before that I tend to listen to a lot of sermons during the week. I just really enjoy learning more about the Word of God. I found it funny this week when three of them (well, one was during Church on Sunday) spoke on people’s reaction to church or Bible study. All three using the same little phrase; “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”
One was a ‘story’ that Robert Morris spoke on…he talked about a child that was dropped off at Sunday school by his mom. When she picked him up he told her that he was pretty sure the teacher was a proud grandma. When his mom asked why he thought that, he told her that all the teacher spoke about was ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’.
I have to say, I find it interesting hearing these three sermons this week along with the recognition by several Eagles players (American Football-Super Bowl champs!) openly praising God and Jesus after the game. It is a heartwarming reminder that we should not be ashamed to speak about our faith in God and Jesus. All too often we are told and treated in such a manner that we are made to feel that we should be embarrassed by our faith.
Just today I read a story how one of the NFL commentators, a former NFL coach- Tony Dungy- was criticized for his great appreciation for the Eagle’s players openly speaking of their faith. You see, Tony is another Christian who is not afraid to share his faith. And he didn’t back down from what he said.
It is such a shame to me that openly sharing your faith is the rarity that instead so many people hide their faith. Something we are told not to do, as the scripture above tells us. We are not to be ashamed of calling Jesus Christ our Lord and our Savior. What I might be bothered by is how people who call themselves Christian treat each other and non-Christians.
All too often people will take a small part of scripture and use that to put down and criticize others (a favorite tool for non-Christians too). Now, I’m not going to say that we shouldn’t call a sin a sin. Not at all, I believe all that His Word tells us and instructs us. But my point is that we ALL sin and to condemn others is not our place and all too often it turns people away from Jesus rather than toward Him. It saddens me because we are called to make Disciples of all men (and yes that includes women). Mind you, there are times that we do have to have one of those discussions on sin, but we need to remember that it needs to be with the love and grace of God and not in condemnation.
As we all should know this phrase that Greg Laurie states often; ‘Christians are not sinless, but we should sin less.’
None of us are perfect. We’re not meant to be. God uses us, all our faults and all. THAT’S part of our story, our testimony. Let’s not be ashamed be speak about all He’s done for us! Because frankly my friend, if He can love you and I in spite of all we’ve done in our lives…He can love anyone. And He does. Let us share our HOPE in Him.
Lots of love to you all. In His precious name. JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!!!
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