It’s a wonderful feeling when you get the sense that you belong somewhere. It provides a feeling of acceptance as well as a sense of security. On the other hand, there are times when you might say things like, “I do not want to belong here because it does not satisfy my needs,” or “I should be separated from this person because being with him or her is no longer healthy, and what they are doing is compromising my faith and belief in God.” Both of these statements are examples of situations in which you might find yourself saying things like, “I do not want to belong here because it does not satisfy my needs.” Is there any precedent for this in the Bible? Is it possible to disown someone else?
In the Bible, the Lord Jesus Christ commands that if we are to follow Him, we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. It means denying ourselves in order to live a life like Christ. For when we would disown and deny Jesus Christ here on earth, He too would disown us before His Father Who is in heaven.
The Lord Jesus Christ was also disowned by Peter, making this a particularly unpleasant experience for everyone involved, including the Lord Jesus Christ. Not only was He rejected the first time, but He was rejected a total of three times. Even after going through everything together, Peter and the other disciples denied knowing Christ in response to the Romans’ question about whether or not they knew Who He was. But even if Peter denied Christ as his Lord, he still demonstrated regret when he wept bitterly after making that decision. Because of the Lord’s goodness, Peter and his fellowship with him have been renewed, and what was taken away has been given back. It will demonstrate that the Lord is gracious and merciful. He does not live in the past and will not judge you for the things that you have done, nor will He hold you forever accountable for the things that you have done.
We refuse to acknowledge God’s majestic powers, omnipotent powers, omnipresence, and the fact that He is God when we disown Him. If were to do that, it would show that we don’t really believe in Who He is and what He can and can’t accomplish. This presents a problem for us because it will make our lives more challenging, generally speaking. Our refusal to acknowledge Him will not only have an impact on our lives here on earth, but it will have an even more significant impact on our lives in eternity after we have died.
Even though the Lord has stated that He will disown those who disown Him, He still shows grace for those who repent and return to His loving embrace. There is no point in living in the past and torturing yourself with the idea that the Lord will never forgive you for what you have done—all that is required of you is to turn back to God, confess your sins, and begin a new life patterned after God. There is no reason to continue living in the past.
The following are some verses that can help us gain a better understanding of what it means to disown ourselves when we follow Jesus, as well as what it means to disown the Lord and the cost that comes with doing so.
2 Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
We ought to come to the conclusion that we are going to establish a commitment not only to ourselves but also to God. In order for us to be able to obey the instructions that He has given, we need to model our lives after Christ’s and gain wisdom from the path that He has set before us. His instructions are guaranteed to be beneficial to us because He will never put us in jeopardy by putting us in danger.