Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
(Luke 9:26)

We often look at this statement and think about a verbal statement in rejecting Christ. There are other passages that specifically talk about the rejection of Christ but this is not the context of what Y’shua is talking about in this statement.

Last week, in IF WE BELIEVED WHAT THE BIBLE SAID - #6, we looked at what it means to pick up our cross and follow Christ. We see that if we do not put on the same character of Christ and deny our lives here, humbling ourselves for others, denying some worldly entertainment, denying some food so others can have; then we are a professing Christian that has not picking up our cross; and is not following Christ. This statement of Christ, in being ashamed of Him, falls as a conclusion to the statement of taking up our cross; and its this context in which we must determine the meaning of what Christ is saying here.

It is when we do not humble ourselves, by taking up OUR cross and forsaking our life, that Christ shows this as our being ashamed of Him. Think about this... If Christ is so good, then why do we not want to mimic Him and show Him to others by allowing Him to work through us in blessing others? When we refuse to allow Christ to work through us, every day of our lives, we are then saying we are ashamed of His character and like our character better.

This week I have the same challenge as last week. Yet, this is not just a challenge for a week but a proposal for this year, and the next, and the next. Let us wake up each morning in prayer that God bring us a person who we can bless - someone we don’t know - someone who does not like us. Let us not glide through our day in the every day mundane christian way not paying any attention to those around us. Let us move through our day in SEARCHING for someone to bless. And when that person want’s to give us thanks, let us take it humbly, not thinking too high of ourselves, and give Glory to God, for it is not us that done it but God through the teaching of His Word and the drawing of His Spirit to follow.
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