Updated: Mar 24
(The following is the March 21 devotional from my Next Step Devotions book. Before reading it, I suggest you read Luke 12 and pay close attention to verses 8-9.)
What are some positive ways we can acknowledge God before others? Jesus said, “Anyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God” (v. 8). We should not speak of God publicly from impure motives of wanting to show off our faith, draw attention to ourselves, or claim superiority over others. We seek, instead, to glorify God and proclaim the truth of the gospel of Christ to a world that desperately needs him.
Ponder the various aspects of your life and how you might honor Christ in each of them. What opportunities exist in the home, family, work, church, neighborhood, school, community events and organizations, sports, professional organizations, volunteer efforts, online communities, social media, shopping, hobbies, caregiving, traveling, etc.? Because of our many relationships, we have multiple opportunities to acknowledge Christ in various contexts.
Take social media as an example. We may acknowledge God by thanking him in a post when good things happen, publicly trusting in God’s sovereignty during difficult times, and using kind language that reflects the fruit of the Spirit. We can avoid alienating the masses through quarrelsome bickering about political or divisive topics unrelated to faith. We can tell people that we pray for them when they share needs we cannot personally meet. Sharing meaningful Bible passages allows God’s Word to speak to others directly.
While shopping, we can smile, speak, and be friendly to those we encounter instead of going on our way with blinders. Consider ending exchanges with “God bless you.” As we go about our day, we may see others in need and decide to help them tangibly, provide a word of encouragement, or initiate a caring gospel conversation.
Whatever the life scenario, we must ensure that our attitudes, words, and actions are consistent. Together, they must present the beautiful aroma of a life changed by Christ and lived for his glory.
List places where you are regularly with others. Identify ways you can positively acknowledge Christ in those situations. Carry out at least one of those actions in the coming days.