IN FRONT OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS
If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved. Romans 10:9
Did you ever date someone you knew your family wouldn’t like or approve of? Chances are, you dated in secret. There was a lot of shame involved. Fear kept you from bringing that person home to meet the family. You hid how often you saw this person, how strongly you felt about the relationship, and just prayed no one would ask any questions.
This is how many ‘believers’ feel about Jesus. They made a closet decision to embrace Him but then they keep it a secret. They are afraid of what others might say if they openly disclose their love for Him. He’s like a shameful date where they must keep the object of their affection out of sight.
No wonder Paul, under the inspiration of the Spirit, makes this strong statement about open allegiance. We must take Jesus as Lord, publicly, just as we take a husband or wife, publicly. We invite family and friends to the wedding. We stand before all the people most important to us to declare our love and make our life-long vows. With a radiant face, we reveal our deep love and affection for all to see, sealing the ceremony with a kiss and the blessing of the clergy.
Is not taking the bridegroom, Jesus, worthy of such a declaration? With the radiant race of one who trusts in Christ, I openly declare my decision to take Jesus as my Bridegroom. I dare reveal, with the shining face of a bride on her wedding day, how deeply I feel about my Lord. “Those who look to Him are radiant and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5
When my heart has been impacted by beauty, I have to talk about it. Standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon, by myself, may be a private experience but not for long. Hearing a beautiful piece of music late at night may be experienced privately but not for long. I find that I must share what is life changing.
If my life has forever been changed by the moment when God revealed Himself to me, in Christ, confessing Him will not be burdensome, but a necessity and relief. Before Moses even opened his mouth to share what had happened on Mt. Sinai, the people knew. How? A shining face.
Does mine? Make it even more, Jesus. Overwhelm my heart with the beauty of everything it meant when You called me to be yours. Amen