Matthew 10: 32 says this, "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven."
That verse just hit me in a whole new way today. As i was sitting reading my bible, i ended up in Matthew(which usually happens. I just love that book!).
I read that verse like i have many times before and i loved that verse, like i have many times before. But then i got to thinking. Jesus-He's a pretty big deal. Huge in fact. And to think that he would acknowledge me in heaven- before God?? How do you wrap your head around something like that??
I have realized in the last few years how very important loyalty is to me. I want it in a friend, a family member, and a spouse. I expect it. Because i give it. And i cling to it, because i have felt the loss of it also.
The theme that always catches my attention in movies, books, stories, life-is this kind of loyalty. One of my favorite examples of true loyalty and love for a friend is in the movie Tombstone. I love that movie. Love it.
If you aren't familiar with it, you should be. Rent it. Buy it. Watch it.
Wyatt Earp has a best friend, Doc Holiday.(best gun slinger this side of the Mississippi). There are some of the most beautiful moments between them. Not filled with words. But actions. Love. Pure love for each other. Friendship. They don't have to talk about it. Defend it. Or bicker. They just do it.
I'll do my best to try to explain a scene that is so memorable to me. One probably no one else even remembers. But i love it. I long for it for myself.
In the movie, there's some stuff going down in the alley and Wyatt and his brothers (all law men) are about to go and face the bad guys. They are working out the specifics of who will do what and what will go down and Doc holiday comes over. (not one of the brothers and definitely NOT a law man.) He asks Wyatt what he wants him to do, and Wyatt looks at him and basically says "This isn't your fight, Doc." (in a nice way) and Doc Holiday looks at him and says" Wyatt, i do believe that the worst thing you've ever said to me." (in his perfect southern drawl)
That's the moment. The moment i think about. I love it. Doc is telling Wyatt that whatever concerns his friend, concerns him. He would walk through fire for him. (or into it) It so beautiful . Perfect. So much is said with out even saying much at all!
And i think about that alot. As i think about the lack of it in so many areas of life. I long for it.
So today when i read this verse, like i have many times before. I thought of Doc Holiday. And how i would love to have a friend like that. One who is with me. To the end. No questions asked. You love me and I love you. Nothing can break that bond.
And then i thought of Jesus. How much greater it is to have Him standing beside me. Jesus. There is no one better. No one i would rather have acknowledging me. And he will!! That's the best part.
Today that verse helped me focus on Him and not the pettiness of the world. Not the things i don't have. Or the things i wish i didn't have to deal with. I want to focus on Him.
Cause he's the greatest thing out there. He will have my back. Publicly. In heaven! What a day that will be. It will be better than today. It will be the best day.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven." Now that's way better than just being friends with Doc Holiday. Am i right, or am i right?
(I found this clip on youtube. Its not the best quality and it has some swearing...but i thought i'd share it. Use your own discretion and ENJOY!:)