What Christ Expects of Every Christian

Jesus with his disciples

A Christian is a follower of Jesus. He professes to believe in him without fear or shame.

Jesus wants every Christian to live for him in public.

Matthew 10:32, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.”

Jesus expects each of his followers to make him known to the world. This can be done by professing him.

In verse 33 of Matthew 10, Christ said whoever denies him before men, he will also deny the person before the Father in heaven. Denial of Christ may not always mean a literal denial as Peter did. Denial of Christ means acting like you don't know him because you fear the world's rejection or deprivation of privileges.

An example of someone who didn’t keep Jesus secret is Matthew, a tax collector. Jesus saw him at his place of work and ask him to follow him and he did (Luke 5:27-28). He made a great feast in his house. He invited his friends to celebrate the new life he has found in Christ as a Christian (Luke 5:29).

There is a price to pay for recognizing Jesus in public. Ridicule from the world, hatred from people, and sometimes death like with Stephen (Acts 7:59).

Christ warned his disciples that the servant is not greater than the master. If they hated him, they will hate his followers as well (John 15:20).

Jesus is the only name that saves (Acts 4:12). When his name is not made known, the saving of souls is limited. This is why Satan rejoices when Christians fear to make Christ known. Everyone needs the name of Jesus to be saved including the haters.

However, making Christ known should be genuine. Some people profess him with their lips, but their hearts are far from him (Matthew 15:8).

Jesus wants his name known and published.

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