I tried this the other day at home when my kids called out "where's mom?" I said "I have never heard of her." They both ran to me, told me I was a nut, and continued with what they needed from me. So denial clearly is not working for me.
Escaping who I am is never going to happen even on my craziest of days. God created me to serve others, to be His hands and feet, and to tackle some of the craziest of problems. I actually love it but sometimes a spa retreat seems appealing! Last night, in my quiet time, I pondered my comment. "I've never heard of her." Clearly, a misnomer since I am her! It took me to a much deeper place...how many times have we denied Christ if not in our words but our actions.
I began to think what is my response to the cross. When I hear people talking about Jesus do I call out "I KNOW HIM!" or do I remain silent. When I hear people deny Christ, do I remain silent, do I have a Peter like moment and imply that I do not know Him?
In Luke 22-After being asked if he knew Jesus,
I suddenly thought of all the times I have seen posts on social media and hesitated in responding because I wanted to be politically correct or avoid offending others. I thought of times I have sat silent when I had plenty of words to say. Conviction of my silence and lack of actions being indicative of "I do not know Him." May we not be silent during this CHRISTmas season -- our silence or actions say we don't know Him.
SO, I do KNOW HIM! I cannot deny who I am in Christ, I will not deny who I am in Christ. May we exude who He is in us everywhere we go. It is Merry CHRISTmas not Happy Holidays, it is Jesus' birthday we celebrate. On someone's birthday, we only celebrate them so let's remember that this is Jesus' birthday. The song says it so well...Happy Birthday Jesus, we're so glad it's Christmas...all the tinsel and lights and the presents are nice but the real gift is you!
Matthew 16:17: "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it."
Regardless of any mistakes we have made we can still fulfill God's purpose for us!