Jesus said in Luke 12:8-9 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God.”
Notice the two promises here? How do you think of the word “promise”? Does your mind go to the positive? Mine sure does, but what is the reality? If you don’t do your school work you are promised a failing grade. If you don’t do your job you are promised termination. It makes sense that when there is an action required on our part, there will be two opposite promises tied to two opposite responses.
Here, Jesus promises two results: one for claiming him; one for disowning him. Jesus is ready and willing to acknowledge us. You might even say that he is eager to acknowledge us. What joy it would give him to say to the angels of God, “Look at my child. I am so pleased with her!” Or, “Look at my child, he has proclaimed me before all people, without shame!”
His ability to fulfill this promise isn’t in question, but our ability to acknowledge him before others may be a little more circumspect. I don’t know about you, but I can’t simply resolve to acknowledge Jesus before others. My ability is circumspect indeed! But thankfully there is grace. Resolve is important, but holy resolve is what we truly need. Holy resolve is a resolve granted by the grace of God. It comes with lessons to teach and opportunities to put it to the test. The Holy Spirit is able to work in us to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purposes.
Would you ask him to empower you with that holy resolve?