I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth.
Romans 1:16 (King James Version)
Are you ashamed of the Gospel of Christ? Are you ashamed to say that you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ? Are you afraid to live a life that is honorable to God?
Many Christians, myself included, would say no to all these questions. However, if that is the case, we must ask ourselves this questions. Why is it that we keep our faith in Christ to ourselves if we aren’t ashamed of His Gospel? Why do we keep silent about the good news of Jesus to those we know need to hear it? Also, why do we not show we are followers of Christ in our daily lives but instead live as if we are unbelievers?
I think the answer to these questions can be found in our natural inclinations. We enjoy being secure and comfortable; and we do everything we can to keep it that way. We are not big fans of change and when they do happen, we often complain due to the discomfort.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a big change indeed. It tells us that we are all sinners and fall short of God’s expectations. However, God showed us His grace and sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross to take away our sins and that all who believe and accept this will be saved from the wrath that is to come to those who are still under sin. This belief and acceptance of the good news is not a passive exercise. It requires us to turn away from behaviors and activities that are contrary to what God’s will.
We complain and become bitter to the Lord’s changes in our lives; but after a while we begin to understand the benefits of serving God rather than serving our selfish desires which are fueled by sin. Being a Christian is more than a internal exercise however, it is also an external one. What does that look like?
Being a Christian is like being an ambassador or representative for the Lord while on earth. We are required therefore to show people in this world, who have not known Christ, what Jesus is like through our actions and through our words. If we do this effectively and faithfully, it will make Jesus look attractive in their eyes so that they would want to know more about Him and ask how they could have a relationship with Him also.
As easy as this sounds, there are many challenges to being a Christ follower. We live in a world that is violently opposed to the ways of God and if they are opposed to Him (to the point of crucifying His Son) then they would also be against us in the same way. As a result, many believers tend to shy away from their duties, for they enjoy comfort and security over hardship.
Our God has not called us to be comfortable! Had comfort been in Jesus’ mind, He would not have gone through with being crucified; and if He had done that, none of us would be saved. The Lord has called us to be faithful to the mission that He has called us to do and that is to share the Good News; just as Jesus had done to the point of death.
To refuse to follow through with our mission is to be ashamed of the Gospel that has saved us. Such thinking doesn’t make any sense. The Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ is too good to be kept to ourselves; it must be shared.
We must show the Gospel to everyone so that all could see its beauty like a woman does when she shows off her beautiful shining engagement ring. Some may be jealous of our gift of salvation and reject it, while some may want what we have and ask how we got it. Let us show how much the Lord loves us and not be ashamed of His love.