“Everyone…Who Acknowledges Me”
Since we are joined to Jesus by grace through faith and since we follow Jesus by grace through faith, O God, help us to acknowledge him—to testify to our very real relationship with him—by the ways we talk with, act toward, and treat other people.
May our relationship with him have such legitimacy and such integrity that it is obvious and evident to us, to other people, to Jesus, and to you, O God.
Remind us that it is not so much the words and the actions that matter but the real life and the real relationship that lie behind and that motivate the words and the actions. Remind us too, though, that if the real life and relationship are there, so will the words and actions be.
“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)