What Jesus Did! 'Confessing Christ!' — Luke 12:8-9

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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"I tell you, if any person stands before other people and is willing to say that he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before the angels of God. But if any person stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that person does not belong to me. I will say this before the angels of God."
— Luke 12:8-9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 12:8-9 NLT — "I tell you, if any person stands before other people and is willing to say that he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me."

Key Thought

Confessing Christ is crucial! Confessing Christ can be costly in human terms. Christians in generations before us were sometimes put to death simply for saying, "Jesus Christ is Lord" rather than calling some other ruler "Lord." However, the significance of our confessing Christ is revealed most clearly by Jesus' own words here: he will claim us if we claim him!

Today's Prayer

O LORD, my Father in heaven, you are holy. I know that just as I have acknowledged Christ as my Lord and called on his name in baptism, that Jesus will acknowledge me before you and the holy angels and will call my name as your child on the day he returns. Holy God, I gladly confess that Jesus Christ, your Son, is my Savior and my Lord. It is in his precious name that I am saved and that I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 10:9-13
  • 1 Corinthians 12:3
  • Philippians 2:5-11

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.