October 7, 2014

Read: Luke 12:1-12 

Is there any time in our lives when peer pressure is more intense than in high school?  The days are filled with the preoccupation of fitting in by doing what the popular kids are doing.  Wearing the wrong thing could draw unwanted attention for years.  It’s no different for teenagers today.

Luke 12:1-12 provides a similar scene for the new Christians trying to fit into the established Jewish culture. The Pharisees were the influencers of that day, and they were openly challenging Jesus and plotting against Him (Luke 11:53-54).  Jesus knew the impact this was having on the people, and He drew as clear a line as there ever was.  He gave a clear warning to any with thoughts of compromising their faith.  

He warned them that the fear they had for the Pharisees was misplaced; that it should be on “the One who has the authority to cast into hell” (Luke 12:5).  Jesus also told them, “everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God.” (verse 9)  Do you think the people were worried about what others, especially the Pharisees, would do to them if they openly supported Jesus?

Christians far too often misplace our fear on the opinions of men, and we allow that fear to impact our witness.  When we are to be bold, we are weak.  When we should be confident, we have doubt.  When it’s our time to stand, we wither.

Are you willing to sacrifice your standing in the community or your popularity among friends in order to confess the name of Jesus before men?  Will you speak Truth in a sinful world trusting the “Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say”? (verse 12)

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships.  Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.