Scripture – Mark 8:38
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.
Jesus is very clear about what will happen to those who are ashamed of him and his words. He will be ashamed of them when he returns.
Rarely is this verse taught on, because we are afraid of a message coming across too harsh or too black and white, but there is such freedom in the truth of Jesus’ words.
Being ashamed of Jesus, of his teachings, or being a one of his followers, has hard but real circumstances.
Being a disciple of Jesus and spending our lives becoming more and more like him, applying the truths he taught into our hearts and into our practical day-to-day lives, is something that is mocked by the majority of the people we know.
This verse is more about the first commandment (you shall have no other gods before me) than anything else. For example, if what people think of you is more important to you than being a disciple of Jesus, then you will naturally be ashamed of Jesus and his message when around people you want to impress. For many of us, choosing not to be embarrassed or ashamed of Jesus and his teachings, has cost us friends, family and jobs.
Jesus commands us to be humble, not arrogant; meek, not over-bearing; bold, not ashamed.
In what situations do we find ourselves prone to dumb down our faith, skirt around sharing our opinion on certain topics, or even openly belittle Jesus, his Gospel or his Church?
Jesus, I pray that no matter what I will never be ashamed of you or your message. Give me opportunities to be bold and to stand firm. Teach me to be a more effective witness of what I know to be true. You are worth being uncomfortable. I pray many will be added to your kingdom across the world today. In your name, amen.