Happy Thursday, friends! <3 I'm having blog difficulties this week and I'm not sure if this post is going to be visible to all of you because I can't actually get onto my live site, but since I am able to create posts I thought I would try anyway. :)
"Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it."
Suppose I asked you this question: "Would you stand up for the Name of Jesus?"
How would you respond?
Maybe you would quickly answer, "Yes!" Or maybe, "I sure hope so."
I think all of us would like to think that if we were in a situation where we had to make a decision to stand up for Jesus no matter what it cost us, we would all say yes. We would all want to say yes to standing up for Jesus even if it meant dying for Him. I think of the martyrs across the world who stand up for Jesus every day by dying for the sake of His Name. And we would all hope that if faced with such a difficult situation, we would stand up for Him in the same way.
But how are we preparing for something like that?
I'm not implying that you would someday die for the sake of Jesus. But I mean, how can we expect to stand up for Jesus in all the big ways if we aren't standing up for Jesus in all of the little ways?
Maybe we sometimes view standing up for Jesus as just the big ways. Like standing up for Him even if it costs your life. Or standing up for Him and doing the right thing that costs you popularity or success or money. You know, all the ways that are story worthy or history-making.
But what about the every day moments at home? At church? At school? With friends?
Am I standing up for Jesus in the daily moments of my life? The moments that aren't going to make it into the history books? Like when I have the choice to argue with a sibling in pride, or listen to their side of things and humbly admit when I'm wrong. Or when I am exhausted and I have the choice to be rude to someone I run into or respond with grace. These moments may not feel like you're "standing up for Jesus." But these moments tell you if you are bearing His Name well.
I don't know what you'll face the rest of this week as you go through your days. Yet I want to challenge you--and myself--to stand up for the Name of Jesus, the Name you bear as a Christian, in your every day life. Let your choices reflect who you're living for and loving.
This week, let's stand up, stand up for Jesus.