April 13, 2009

Denying Christ in Your Law Practice

Jesus answered, I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows today, you will deny three times that you know me. - Luke 22:34 (NIV)

Committed intellect. Intense passion. Fearless, strong, ready to stand with Jesus no matter what the cost, even prison and death. Yet hours later the bold disciple is cowering, denying his association with Christ. 

Is that you?

You're a lawyer and a committed follower of Jesus Christ, heart and mind renewed by the power of the resurrection. But are you openly revealing your Lord and Savior in your professional life? Do your colleagues in the law practice know who you really are? Is your faith obvious to your students? Do your clients recognize Christ in the way you conduct yourself? 

Or are you a stealth Christian at the bar, keeping your association with Jesus hidden in some dark catacomb? Who do your actions say you are when confronted by the rough and tumble challenges of the legal profession?  Would you even be accused of Christianity based on the words you speak and write as a lawyer?  

In your practice, you'll very soon have three opportunities to proclaim Christ or deny Him. We all will. The opportunities begin with our next phone call or email, the conversation we're about to have with our partner or paralegal, or the clients we're about to meet. The opportunities never stop coming.  As Christian lawyers, I pray we'll have the courage to demonstrate that, yes, we do know Jesus.

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