Daily Bible Reading – Matthew 8-10
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 10:17-33
I have a friend who is still afraid to acknowledge Jesus. He is still in the “investigating” stage of his journey. He has started going to church and has started reading the Bible, and he is really, really close to accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. Yet, he is not quite ready to take that step. He will not yet talk about Christianity in public. Outside of me and one other believer, he does not really talk about faith outside of the church. I pray every day that he will take that step, and I know that at some point the Holy Spirit will move him to action. Until that day comes, I will wait, listen to him, try to answer his questions, and pray.
Jesus wants us to acknowledge Him. He does not want to be disowned, and He is not just talking about acknowledging Him in our words. He is not just talking about what we say to our friends about him or what we post on Facebook. Jesus wants us to acknowledge Him in everything we do. Jesus wants us to acknowledge Him in our actions. We have all been in situations when we have to make the choice between acknowledging Him and disowning Him. When a temptation arises for sin, we can acknowledge Jesus or disown Him. When we are face to face with a non-believer, we can acknowledge Jesus or disown Him. Regardless of what we say or write, our actions in those times need to match up to God’s Word. Remember that our actions speak much louder than our words. To most of the non-believers we know, the only interaction they have with Biblical Christianity is through us. When given a choice, most non-believers will read our behavior before they read the Bible, so our actions must match up to what Jesus said in His Word. We must acknowledge Him today. Then on the Day of Judgment, we have nothing to fear because we will know that when Jesus sees us He will run to us with open arms and say, “Well done good and faithful servant”.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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