Is it easy to bring up Jesus in our day to day conversations before our friends, family or even colleagues at work? Do we have a deep desire to acknowledge Jesus as the one we belong to before the people we hang out with on a day to day basis? Or, do we like to keep Jesus to our self knowing that if we bring Him up in conversation we may be labelled in a negative light. What kind of fears do we carry in acknowledging Jesus and His influence in our life?
Peter was told by Jesus that he would deny Him, not once but three times. Peter, never thought he would succumb to a fear of denying Jesus his Lord, yet he did.
There is a reason Jesus ascended into heaven after his crucifixion and resurrection. He needed to send the Holy Spirit who would give power to God's people to bear witness of Jesus. If not for the Spirit's power, we will succumb to the fears inside of us and outside that does not want the name of Jesus announced to the world.
The world is good if we play it safe and just speak of believing in "God" or telling the world what denomination or church we attend. The world is good if we announce we are Christians. However, to acknowledge Jesus and to speak the name which is above every name, that is when lives are changed and transformed. It is the name of Jesus that causes demons to flee, the blind to see and the captives to be set free. It is the name of Jesus where sins are forgiven and the lost are found.
If we call ourselves Christians but are not acknowledging Jesus in work environments or family units then something is off. What fears are we carrying and have we asked for the Holy Spirit to give us power to overcome these fears.
May every Christ follower press in, by being filled with the Spirit, and acknowledge Jesus Christ before people that come into our path.