If We Are Ashamed Of Jesus Now, He Will Be Ashamed of Us When He Returns

COPYRIGHT WARNING

There is perhaps nothing more painful than being marginalized by people. Counted as irrelevant, unimportant, not worthy of time or attention, is extremely hurtful.

When Jesus returns to the earth, He will make it a point of His arrival, to acknowledge those who openly spent their lives acknowledging Him. By the way that they live, the words they say, and the things they do with their life, Jesus will announce to the world that He loves these persons and that they belong to Him.[1] The Lord will then set about to overthrow all the governments of men and take His rightful place as the ruler of earth.[2] This is the promise and prophecy that God made to David–that one of his descendants, speaking of the Messiah, would sit on the throne of government over the whole world.[3] Those who have openly spent their lives seeking to make Jesus known, will be regarded by Him as people whom He will appoint to rule with Him.[4]

In this world, it matters what we do with Jesus. I write books about the Lord, and it is my heartfelt desire to make Him known. Unfortunately, I do not write the kinds of books that the world wants to read. Books about Jesus and the Bible are immensely unpopular in our current generation. I am aware of this fact when I write, but it matters little to me. Everything that I write, I do it out of love for Jesus–to whom I owe everything. If one person finds Jesus and makes it into heaven, as a result of the words that I write about the Lord, I have fulfilled my goal in life. In the end, I write because of my love for Jesus and I know that He has read every word that I have written about Him.

I was reading my Bible tonight and when I came to Jesus words in the Gospel of Mark, chapter 8, verse 38, I was deeply saddened. In this verse Jesus states: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man will also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”[5]

I am continually saddened by what I observe in social media, particularly, Facebook. The time and attention that is expended for self and selfies, the latest trend or what someone said—with little or no mention of Jesus and what He values as important, is a stunning sign of this generations disregard of the Lord. The world is ashamed of Jesus and they are not living their lives for Him. There are many who claim to be followers of Jesus, while there is little or no evidence in their lives, that this is actually true.

It is easy to see on Facebook, who genuinely loves Jesus and who does not. According to this evidence, and according to what Jesus said, these individuals who rarely, if ever, think of Him or consider living their lives for Him, will someday hear Him say: “I never knew you, depart from me...”[6]

The Lord will not hear our excuses about how busy we were and how many things we had to do. All He has to do is look at our Facebook account and He can see how much time we spent there, and what we did with our time. Jesus said that our judgment will depend upon “every idle word that we speak.”[7] In other words, all the idle and worthless time we spend on Facebook and other social media, posting about ourselves and other people, with no mention or thought for Jesus, will be all the evidence that is needed to seal our final fate.

Jesus was not kidding when He said: “If you confess me before men, then I will confess you before My Father in heaven. If you deny Me before men, I will deny you before My Father in Heaven.“[8]


Notes:
[1] 1John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
[2] Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
[3] 2Samuel 7:12-14 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son.
[4] Revelation 1:6 and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
[5] Mark 8:38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
[6] Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
[7] Matthew 12:36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.
[8] Matthew 10:32-33“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.



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