In Matthew chapter ten, verses 32 and 33, Jesus tells us, “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.”
Here Jesus is letting us know that it is important that we identify ourselves as Christians and live lives that make this apparent to those around us. He wants us to identify as followers of Christ to everyone around us.
When I was interacting with Christ and God using a legal substance, God clearly told me once to get a cross to wear around my neck. I hadn’t even thought of that but he made it clear to me that he wanted me to wear my Christianity in a public way.
Because of this it makes it all the more important that we change our behavior once we have repented to Christ of our transgressions, asked for his forgiveness and accepted him into our lives as our Savior. When we accept Christ we become a representative to others of the love, joy, and peace that he can bring to them. Most importantly, we represent the soul purification that he offers all of us, which is the path to ascension to the heavenly realms after we pass from this life.
This is something I constantly have to remind myself of and pray about. It has been a long road for me because I lived over thirty years of my adult life as a very worldly person, and I had a lot of habits that were not spiritual. Also, the further down the path I have come, the more I realize how far into the woods I had gone. My speech was littered with profanity, I was angry and cynical, and my habits and style of living were based on self-indulgence, and on some days, I can easily slide back into these patterns.
I have to remember that I am no longer living a life of self and ego, but that, like all Christians, I represent the promise of Salvation through Jesus, and because of this, I need to restrain myself and not behave in the ego-driven way that I once did. When we accept Christ into our lives we become part of him, and we have to consider the impact our behaviors and actions might have on others and on our living testimony at all times. This way, we can fulfill the first part of this verse and be acknowledged by Christ in heaven, in front of God himself.
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