And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8, 9 ESV)
If there was the slightest impression that following Jesus was going to be about things being lovely with signs and wonders aplenty and that’s it, Jesus squashes that throughout his discourse in Luke chapter 12.
Following Jesus is something that brings controversy, contention and conflict. As it certainly did being Jesus. His movements were criticised, his acts were criticised, even his words were criticised and not just by the religious elite of the day. His family didn’t follow him initially, his own people rejected him when he announced his ministry. Even at that point in his ministry, he was in the position to warn his followers that there would be no hiding place when it comes to following him. Even if they thought they could get away with it, Jesus places discipleship on the line by saying rejecting him would not be something forgotten. Likewise those who in the face of persecution chose to continue to declare him, would be remembered.
This is why throughout the discourse he encourages his listeners that they don’t need to fear. From the necessities of life to the hardship they may face, followers of Jesus need not fear. Why? Because following Jesus puts them in the care of the one who provides, protects and will ultimately pronounce judgement. It’s putting our entire lives in trust to the Almighty.
It is, however, a decision that does call for courage in Christ, because when it comes to following him, there is no hiding place.