Day 17

Acknowledging Christ

from the Luke reading plan

Luke 12:1-59, 1 Kings 10:4-10, Psalm 88:1-7

BY Guest Writer

More often than not, there are times when anxiety feels like my closest friend. It greets me in the morning, my heart rate rising with the sun. It follows me to the mirror, to the breakfast table, to the car, to work. It is the shadow I can’t get rid of, an endless churning of guilt and shame and fear in my heart and mind. It’s a disease, a chemical imbalance, a generational struggle.

This particular passage in Luke features a lot of anxiety, from the revelation that nothing hidden won’t eventually be known, to the fear of death, to the “unforgivable sin,” to Jesus’s famous command not to worry because we are worth more than the wildflowers and the sparrows.

I tend to read Luke 12 as if it’s all about me: what I worry about, what I value, what I should or shouldn’t do. Don’t be like the Pharisees; fear God. Don’t be afraid; acknowledge Jesus as the Christ and don’t deny Him. Don’t blaspheme the Spirit (which is considered the “unforgivable sin,” the denial of Jesus’s work to the point that one considers it to be demonic). Don’t store up treasure for myself. Don’t worry about clothes or food—and on and on.

While I do think Jesus is teaching us a lot about ourselves, our worldly impulses, and the things we worry about, He is also revealing much about God, His character, and His work. There are three specific truths I want to rest in today: first, the sovereignty and care of the Father; second, the advocacy of the Son; and finally, the provision of the Holy Spirit.

The Father: In Luke 12:6–7, we see a clear picture of the limitless power and the all-surpassing knowledge that God possesses. Everything hidden will be revealed. This would be terrifying if it weren’t for the next part. Even though everything awful we’ve ever done will made public, our belief in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus makes us clean before God.

The Son: In verse 8, Jesus tells us that if we acknowledge Him, He will acknowledge us in the presence of God the Father (“before the angels of God” is a reference to God’s presence). He is our advocate in prayer before God, but He is also our advocate for salvation before God, the righteous Judge.

The Holy Spirit: Verse 12 teaches that the Holy Spirit is our provider, who will give us the words we need to acknowledge Christ when we are persecuted. Jesus promises His followers that the Spirit will give them what they need to continue in faith.

In a passage known for its treatment of anxiety, Luke assures us that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit are working together in perfect unity, to care for us in perfect knowledge, perfect advocacy, and perfect provision.

I may battle my anxiety until the day I walk into glory, but the death of my anxiety is assured because of the life of Jesus. The more the book of Luke reveals to me about the beauty of the Son, the closer I feel to the heart of the Father.

Melanie Rainer is a bookworm from birth who makes her days writing, editing and reading in Nashville, where she also joyfully serves as the editor of Kids Read Truth. She has an M.A. in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary, spends as much time as she can in the kitchen, and can’t wait until her two daughters are old enough to read Anne of Green Gables.

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46 thoughts on "Acknowledging Christ"

  1. Brandi Young says:

    So, I got behind in this plan and reading this specific portion today was just what I needed! Thanks, Jesus for always knowing what I need to hear in my time with You!

  2. Rachel says:

    This message was so helpful and necessary. My anxiety levels have been through the roof lately. I had a woman at church Sunday tell me I am pregnant. There is only a slim chance that this could be true, but we are no where near ready to start growing our family this way. I trust God’s plan, but I dont want to have a baby right now. The unknown is driving me crazy. I’m glad I read this two weeks later. What can worrying do?

  3. Jenny Hendricks says:

    Praise God it gets Better- the panic and anxiety.

  4. Jennifer McElhannon says:

    I know that I definitely live with anxiety every single day of my life. I currently have to take three different anxiety medications to control it (one I am slowly weaning myself off of). It is so difficult to let go and let God most days. I want to be able to have control over everything in my life.

    I know the phrase that if you want to make God laugh, all you’ve gotta do is tell him your plans. God’s plans are above our own. God directs us down different paths so that we can grow to the best of our abilities as a human being. When I graduated high school, my plan was to go to the most prestigious college in my state, graduate with a History degree, and eventually pursue a law degree. Those dreams and plans were crushed when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease my sophomore year of college. Had that not happened though, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I may not know Christ as intimately as I know him now.

    I could have never met my amazing husband. My amazing husband who stands beside me during my struggles with anxiety and depression and panic attacks. They’re just horrific things I must face right now and it brings me comfort knowing that he’s on my side. Not only him, but more importantly, Christ is on my side. He knows what I can handle and I need to cast my burdens on him.

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