“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
Jesus was very clear in His teachings. There was no “hem-hawing” or “beating around the bush.” He said what He meant and meant what He said. He made it clear to His listeners what the pathway to God looked like.
One who is looking to become closer to God and become His child needs to “confess” Jesus before men. The Ethiopian eunuch took this very step in Acts 8:37 when he said “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” This confession is made orally and helps lead one to “salvation” (Romans 10:9-10).
Untold thousands upon thousands have made this good and noble confession, and as a result, the Son of God recognizes them before the Father in Heaven. One who truly confesses Christ will do as Jesus commanded and be baptized (Acts 8:36-39).
There is a very sad part to this though — there are millions who have chosen to deny Christ, resulting in their being denied before the Father in heaven.
Here is the crux of the matter: Confession involves words, but it produces faithful actions — actions which the Lord commands. It is not enough to simply say “I believe Jesus is the Son of God.” Denial simply is the state of refusing to do as the Lord orders.
On this day, recognize the rewards that come from the confession of and obedience to Jesus the Son of God. But also recognize the unfortunate and sad results stemming from the denial of and disobedience to Jesus.
So…are you a confessor or a denier? It is your choice.