"And anyone who is ashamed of Me and My message in these days of unbelief and sin, I, the Messiah, will be ashamed of him when I return in the glory of My Father, with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).
Dr. Charles Malik, once president of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and I - along with others - were invited to a very prestigious meeting in Washington, D.C. Present were some of the most distinguished leaders in our nation and from other countries.
In the course of his remarks, Dr. Malik emphasized his conviction that there were no human solutions to the problems that face mankind. Only Jesus Christ could help us as individuals and as nations.
As a young businessman, I was tremendously impressed to think that one of the world's leading scholars and statesmen would speak so boldly and courageously of his faith in Christ. Following the meeting, I introduced myself to him and expressed to him my appreciation for his courage in speaking out so boldly for Christ.
I had heard others - politicians, statesmen, scholars - speak of faith in God and the Bible and the church in general terms. But few, in those days, ever spoke of their faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. I shall never forget his response.
"I am sobered by the words of my Lord," he said, quoting today's verse, Mark 8:38.
Perhaps you are one who loudly acclaims, "No, I could never be ashamed of my wonderful Lord." But the familiar axiom is true: actions speak louder than words. If we are truly unashamed of our Savior, we will look for every opportunity to share the good news of His great love.
Today's Action Point
I will not be ashamed of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but will trust the indwelling Holy Spirit to witness through me.