Daily Devotion on Matthew 10:16-23
Devotion Text: Matthew 10:16-23
Could you even imagine doing that? Jesus says that, “On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them.” He adds that his witnesses will be arrested and flogged and hated because of him. Could you even imagine doing that? Could you stand before a judge, Congress, the president, or the king of some other country and testify to the truth about Jesus and the Word of God? Could you imagine doing that while knowing that you might be imprisoned, tortured, or even killed? Thank God that our faith isn’t tested like that!
Isn’t it, though?
Is it any easier for you or for me to tell our family member that a wild life of sex, drugs, or rock ‘n roll will lead to hell? Is it any easier to tell our neighbors that though they are very nice, Buddhism follows the wrong god(s)? Is it any easier to tell the cursing fan behind us at the game that we don’t like that kind of language and God wants his name kept holy? Is it any easier to knock on a stranger’s door when canvassing for church and offer information about Jesus?
The truth is, we face difficult witnessing situations every single day. We may not be called before government leaders and threatened with imprisonment and death (yet!), but we still face plenty of opposition and persecution when sharing our faith. Most of us have probably found out many times over that Jesus wasn’t joking when he said people will hate us because of him.
As we lead up to the celebration of the Reformation of the Church at the end of this month, we can certainly thank God for the many faithful witnesses that have gone before us. God used people, like Martin Luther for example, to preserve the truth of his Word and to pass down that truth to future generations. Martin Luther and many others were faithful confessors of their faith–even before governments and leaders and in the face of persecution and death.
So be it before Congress or cousin, Senate or stranger, president or personal friend, we too can be encouraged by Jesus’ other promise in this section of Scripture: “Do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” God give us confidence and strength to proclaim our Savior Jesus Christ to all!
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, you faithful confess us to your heavenly Father to be your own brothers and sisters, redeemed by your own righteous blood. Now we ask that you fill us with strength and your Holy Spirit that we might faithfully confess you to all others in our lives. Bless our witnessing and work that more might come to know you as Savior and King. This I ask in your mighty name. Amen.
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