The Break Room

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits his own self? For whoever will be ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory, and the glory of the Father, and of the holy angels. Luke 9:24-26 WEB.

The break room fell silent as I walked in to get some water. Though I was new there, I had already learned the normal topics were hangovers, sexual exploits, or who had the best drugs. The normal stream of profanity ceased when I entered the room these days.

It all started when I said a blessing over my lunch. The others seemed unsure about what to make of that. Some of them laughed, while others turned a whiter shade of pale. Sometimes they would taunt me, and I would quote scripture back to them: "Every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."

I certainly wasn't trying to force my religion on them. Sadly at the time, I didn't care if the whole crowd went to hell. I was in survival mode, and it was an "every man for himself" point in my life. They would have to get to heaven as best they could. I was just trying to make it myself, but I wouldn't be ashamed of my faith in Jesus Christ. I may have been going through hell, but I was hanging on to God while doing it.

In time, several people there came to the Lord and started coming to church with me. How do you boldly stand for Jesus? You picture Him there beside you. When they laugh at you, they are actually laughing at Him, and they will have a horrible day coming. You can stand with Him or be ashamed of Him, but He is there either way.

Peter denied knowing Jesus three times, but there is another way: Tell them you know Him! Don't chase people who aren't ready. But when they corner you, don't be ashamed to say: "Yes, I know Jesus Christ, what about you? For you are one heartbeat from meeting Him. Think about it."

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you give me the boldness to take a stand for You when confronted. Please fill me with Your strength and give me anointed words to speak to those around me. Help me stand strong today. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

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