DAILY DEVOTIONAL: ARE YOU ASHAMED OF JESUS?
TOPIC: Ashamed of Jesus?
Memorise: Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. Mark 8:38 KJV
Read: Mark 8:34-38 34 And when he had called the people [unto him] with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
Your attitude and response to everything about God will count for you whether on the positive or the negative note. God is mindful of your decision to follow him and he values your dedication to his course on earth. The best you can offer is your life on the altar of worship and intense praise unto God. You must be ready to take your cross and follow Jesus even to the end. Anything contrary to neglecting the world in order to obey Jesus will give you no room in His heavenly kingdom.
Jesus despised the horrible shame of the cross as he approached death to bring you life. He was never ashamed to be beaten and molested by sinners. He was mindful of you. He took your place in death and brought you life eternal by the power of the Most High God. Are you now ashamed to declare your love for him? Isn’t it becoming a burden for you to share his love with others around you? I hope your heart is not after other lesser gods all in the name of fame, riches and affluence? There’s no better life outside Jesus. Your decision to identify with Him here on earth will determine if He will recognize you before God and His Holy angels. Take up your cross beloved, your stay on earth will never be eternal, live a life that will glorify God and shame the devil with all his flashy but fainting goodies. Go for more of God and let Jesus shine to the whole world through you. May you never regret coming to this world in Jesus’ mighty name.
Reflections: Are you wholly on the Lord’s side or you still prefer to identify with this world of sin? Keep your gaze on Jesus and never let him go.
By Pastor Ayodeji Agbelusi
R.C.C.G New Glory Assembly
Twitter : @ayosimeon