2/2 Mark 8:38

38 "For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels."

Jesus has made it clear that He is not of this world (John 8:23). He is the Word of God incarnate (John 1:14). He only speaks what the Father directs Him to say (John 14:10). To be ashamed of Him and of His words would mean that one is ashamed of his or her Creator. To be ashamed of Him is to be ashamed of goodness, righteousness, and truth.

The whole world lies in the power of the evil one (1John 5:19). To love the world is to love lust and pride (1 John 2:16). Fueled by lust and pride, we often try to fit in with the world and its patterns so the world will not reject us. The Christian who embraces Jesus and His words will inevitably be at odds with this world. By the very way Christians live they condemn the ungodly. I've witnessed godly people accused of being judgmental simply because they lived in a way that didn't conform to the desires of the world.

As a culture grows darker, it becomes increasingly threatened if anyone even mentions the name of Jesus. Quoting the Word of God is looked upon as backward-yet it is what the true believer loves. Jesus will return. He knows even now if our heart is divided. We either love worldliness or we love Him. We are either ashamed of Him or He is everything to us. There comes a point in our walk with the Lord when we must decide which it will be.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be wholeheartedly Yours alone (Psalm 86:11).