Are you ashamed?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

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))

Paul had it all in the eyes of Jewish society; education, position, authority and power. Yet, he abandoned it all after his experience on the road to Damascus. He was among the elite of “God’s Chosen People,” but, after a true encounter, he saw the foolishness of the path that he was on.

If Paul can say that he is not ashamed of the gospel after persecuting believers, we must be able to do the same. When he was converted, people did not trust him at first. It was actually several years before he embarked on what we now know as his ministry to the Gentiles. It took this time to grow in the faith and to gain the trust of other Jewish believers. Until this trust was gained from the believers, he was literally shunned by both believers and his old “friends” in Jewish society. He gave up everything for the sake of Jesus. His actions speak of what we must strive for.

If we are in a situation where it is not “politically correct” to be identified as a believer, do we stand firm in our faith, or do we avoid the issue? Do we let people know that we are committed to Jesus, or do we secretly pray that nobody asks or gives us away?

Think about Paul. He gave up everything that he had ever strived for in his life. He was not ashamed of the gospel. Are we?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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