Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. ~Matthew 10:32
In its truest definition, the word “confess” means to say the same thing as another; to talk the same. However, it also means to declare something that you experienced or witnessed just as it happened. Confessing Christ as my Savior is telling another person that I believe that Jesus is the perfect, eternal Son of God Who died for my sins and rose again from the dead. Confessing Christ is the norm of the Christian life and is proof that I believe and have accepted Christ as my Savior.
We see the relationship.
Confession acknowledges and tells others that I have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is acknowledging that I believe in Christ as my Savior and God. It is like standing next to your parents, introducing them to someone they do not know, and unashamedly telling the other person of your relationship to them. “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:15). Confessing Christ publicly tells others that you belong to Jesus and Jesus belongs to you.
We see the responsibility.
We are called to make a public confession, or profession, before men that we belong to Jesus. First, it is a heralding responsibility. We are proclaiming to the unsaved the importance of receiving Christ. The moment a person becomes a believer, he is encouraged to share with others that Christ is in his life. Second, it is a holy responsibility. We are all evangelists and missionaries in the sense that we are a special mouthpiece for the gospel. “How shall they hear without a preacher?” We must accept this responsibility with diligence and duty.
We see the risk.
In John 9, we have the account of a man born blind who was healed by Jesus. This man had his sight miraculously given to him. Each time he was asked by the scornful Jews how he got his sight back, he gave the same report: that Jesus made clay, anointed his eyes, and healed him. However, the Jews hated Jesus and decided that if anyone confessed Him, he should be put out of the synagogue (John 9:22). This man’s testimony of what Christ did to and for him infuriated the Jews, and they excommunicated him. Confessing Christ might result in friends and family forsaking you. It could result in a job loss. It could even lead to persecution.
We see the reward.
In spite of the risk, there is great reward. Jesus said, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven." Jesus is not afraid to call us brethren. He is not ashamed to call us His disciples and friends. When someone we have confessed Christ to receives Him as personal Savior, we will have a crown of rejoicing that will be given to us at the judgment seat of Christ. There is the joy of leading others to a saving knowledge of Christ and seeing God’s family enlarged. Don’t be afraid to confess and proclaim Jesus as your Savior. Pray for holy boldness and opportunities to lift up Jesus. Let’s talk the talk.
Have a Christ-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 18-20