It is easier to communicate that I am a Christ-follower in a taxi cab than in a conversation at my medical university where, at opportune moments, silence is my choice. Why, in certain circumstances, am I hesitant to risk? Is it embarrassment? Is it fear of looking naive and simple-minded? Whatever the cause, I leave the situation feeling guilty and sad because a divine appointment was missed.
Instead I should be like Joseph of Arimathea who chose to risk identity with Jesus. As he approached Pilate and asked for Jesus' body he faced potential financial, personal, and professional loss. But he chose to stand with Christ.
Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus' body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come). Mark 15:43 NLT
What would happen if we simply identified with the name of Jesus at our work or school or athletic field and said, "I am a follower of Jesus"?
Will you stand with me?