"When a person stands before other people and says he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. But when a 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 my Father in heaven."
— Matthew 10:32-33 NLT
Life is really all about who we are trying to please. When it's all said and done, who do we want to claim they love us, claim they're proud of us, and claim us as their own? I want Jesus to do all three with me! Anything else I accomplish in life won't mean anything if those three things don't happen when I meet him face to face. You see, Jesus lived for those things with his Father and was successful ("You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you." Luke 3:22 NLT) and he tells us here that we can look forward to that same welcoming statement if we confess him before others.
Holy Father, Righteous God, and Almighty Savior, I believe Jesus of Nazareth was your Son, come in human flesh, and is both Christ and Lord. Give me the strength to not only confess that before anyone who asks, but to live in such a way that they ask me about my hope and my confidence and my salvation. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Romans 1:16
- Luke 9:23-26
- 2 Timothy 1:8-9
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.