Luke 12: 8-12 Acknowledging the Lord of the Small
"Everyone who acknowledges me before others the Son of Man will acknowledge before angels of God.” These words bring comfort to my ears and a challenge to my heart and mind. This is what I must do. This is what my life is all about: to acknowledge, to bring to light, the mighty presence of the Lord all the days of my life. But how? what does the Lord ask of me?
Acknowledge His Living Presence
The Lord is present and active in our lives. How can I keep from singing his praise! I adore the Lord. I thank the Lord. I ask for forgiveness from the Lord. I pray to the Lord for all my needs and for the needs of others. I pray. As I pray I adore, thank, request and ask for forgiveness. My prayer is His prayer. I seek the Lord in silence, solitude and simplicity. This is the key to power, unity and authority. “You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands” (Ps 8:7).
Acknowledge His Love
I will never be able to love as the Lord loves me. But I can die trying. I will never be able to give as the Lord gives to me, but I can risk trying. I will never be able to forgive as the Lord forgives me. But I can always keep trying. How many times must I forgive? As many as there are people. The Lord always provides opportunities to imitate him. This morning I received a text from a high school student, “Hope you have a superb day. If you encounter an angry person, just smile and pray for them…they will eventually change.” Yes. Theology made simple by the saints.
Acknowledge His Authority
“When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which set in place – what is man that you should be mindful of him, or the son of man that you should care for him?” Whoever denies the Lord denies himself, limits himself and distorts himself. Whoever denies the Lord denies the Holy Spirit, denies love and considers our world just a pale blue dot. Whoever denies the Lord, gives power to rulers, emperors, Pharisees and chief priests. Whoever denies the Lord hands over the Lord, kills the Lord, and kills himself. Whoever accepts the Lord acknowledges him as Lord and Savior, King and Ruler, Friend and Father, Love and Provider. Whoever accepts the Lord, sees the Lord in greatness through meekness.
Today, I will remain faithful to the Lord in the small details of my tiny life. In this way, I will show those I meet that there is power in silence, unity in solitude and authority in simplicity. We are not some pale blue dot or mishmash of cells. We believe and adore a God who became one of us, tiny, and taught the world authentic authority, presence and love.
[Note: The image above was taken by Voyager in 1990 from roughly 4 billion miles away. It is the furthest picture ever taken of Earth.]