Today’s Thought – Are you a red-faced Christian?
By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 25, 2010
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38)
Are you a red-faced Christian? Perhaps you will be. Jesus succinctly addresses the notion that we as human beings often forsake God in order to run after things that ultimately do not matter. Try as hard as he might, not even Bill Gates will have anything more than the poorest person will will once he is dead. Yet, I firmly believe Bill is in store for some big time embarrassment. You see when Gates hits the entrance into heaven, the Pearly Gates so to speak, he is gonna be surprised that all of his billions, his sponsorship of abortion, and the buying of mosquito nets for the children of Africa, did not gain him a ticket in. In fact, he will find more of a hot time in the old town for eternity instead.
But let’s just suppose old Bill gave his immortal soul to the Lord, will he matter more than the impoverish person? Nope. In fact, he still will be embarrassed because Bill did not live his life for the Lord. He was and is “ashamed of [Jesus] and [his] words in this adulteress and sinful generation.” In fact, Bill is just like the thousands of other make believe believers who think they have played it safe and will enjoy all there is to enjoy once they get to the throne room of the king of glory. SURPRISE! Will you ever be embarrassed! Jesus tells us that he is going to be “ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
Now you might protest my injunction here and declare, “I’m not ashamed of Jesus, I love Jesus!” But let’s get to the nitty-gritty shall we? Let’s boil the Barbra Streisand away. Let’s look at the heavenly tealeaves you have left in your life’s empty cup. You cannot say you “love Jesus” on one hand and then not be found regularly in worship (Hebrews 10:25). You cannot say you “love Jesus” and yet never open his word and read it regularly (2 Timothy 2:15). You cannot say you “love Jesus” and not give of your tithes and offerings (Malachi 3:8). You cannot say you “love Jesus” and yet are not a member of a local church (Matthew 18:20 & 1 Corinthians 12:18-21 & 27). You cannot say you “love Jesus” and do not do what he commands (John 14:15). You cannot say you “love Jesus” and are not living a holy life (Romans 12:1; Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16) And, finally, you cannot say you “love Jesus” and have never come to know him as your Savior and Lord (John 3:14-18, 36; John 5:24; John 6:35-47; Matthew 7:21-23; & Romans 9:10).
Dear child of God, are you a red-faced Christian? Oh, I pray you are not.
Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2010 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission. You now have my permission…