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“And I say to you, anyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God,” (Luke 12:8 CSB).
To be acknowledged. Isn’t that what we all quietly hope for? I’m not talking about a desire for praise or recognition, but the simple satisfaction of knowing we hold value in the eyes of others; that our voice matters — that indeed, we matter. The opposite would be to live and move among a people who make us feel invisible, unimportant, and basically worthless.
Under the gospel of grace, it’s time to lay aside the weight of any and all past rejections. Allow the Lord Jesus to wipe the slate clean of any of these experiences from the past. Gain a fresh perspective on His wonderful promise in Luke 12:8. If you acknowledge Him, he is going to acknowledge you in His heavenly kingdom. You won’t be treated as an outsider, or invisible. Jesus will be quick to welcome you with open arms. You’ll be acknowledged as an equal among a myriad of other believers who have put their trust in Him.
So while you wait to get to Heaven, don’t put so much stock in how people ‘make you feel’ on earth. Feelings might be true or they may be tainted with false perceptions—but here’s the thing—feelings are short lived and can make or break you. Friend, don’t let them break you. You only have a very short span of time here on earth, so spend it acknowledging Jesus (and making other people feel valued and acknowledged.) Acknowledge Jesus to family and friends. Acknowledge Jesus at home, at church, at work, or on the phone. Social media is a great way to let Jesus be known and praised. Just acknowledge Him, and one day you’ll understand that an acknowledgment from Jesus is all you ever really needed.
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