Are You Ashamed?

I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." Romans 1:16-17 (NIV)

I had an opportunity to think for a moment about all the things in my life that I have done that I am truly ashamed of. I remember riding on the hood of a car, holding on for dear life, trying to look cool. I remember being kicked out of school for calling my teacher the worst of names. I can even remember the time I took some Life-Savers out of my father’s pants pocket. 

I’m sure if you reflect for a moment, there are some bad things, some shameful things that cloud your past as well. The stories are different, but one of the common chords that connect us all is bad judgment, bad actions, and things that we are less than proud of. In fact, we often torment ourselves with current and future shame for things that were done many, many years ago. 

The good news is that Jesus Christ, if you’ve accepted Him and asked for forgiveness, has forgiven you. There is no more need for you or I to think about those things, nor be ashamed of them. But if Jesus Christ has forgiven you of the things that you are most ashamed of, have you shown your gratitude by being ashamed of Him? Are you ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ? 

What does it mean to be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus? It may mean that you shy away from religious conversations because you don’t want people to look at you funny for being a believer. It may mean that you steadfastly refuse to live the type of life that Christ would have you to live. It may mean that you only talk about Him in church, but nowhere else. It may mean more! 

These things are written to make you feel ashamed. They are not written to make you feel guilty, uncomfortable, or inadequate. They are written for you to do some soul searching. The only person (besides Christ Himself) who truly knows if you are ashamed of Him is you. The only person, who really can do anything about it, is you. Are you ashamed of the gospel?

Father, we are grateful for all that you have done for us. We thank you for your word, for your sacrifice, and for all of your blessings. We pray that you would help us to be good soldiers of the cross, and to stand up and stand fast and stand-by your word. We pray that you would give us the faith and courage to stand up and be a Christian, even when it seems like we are all by ourselves. Amen.