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.
(Romans 1:16 (NIV))
Have you ever been ashamed of something or someone? Have you ever been ashamed of your own actions and thoughts?
Think about that for a moment in relationship to the meaning of the word ashamed. It means to feel shame, guilt or disgrace. It also means a reluctance or unwillingness to do something because of shame or embarrassment.
Are you embarrassed by Jesus? Do you feel that Jesus does not fit in with your friends and that you have to make excuses, or even worse, you have to hide?
Are you embarrassed by the Gospel? Do you love your sin so much that you would choose to stay in your sin because you are embarrassed to admit that you need a Savior?
I have one simple, yet profound question to ask.
Are you willing to pay the price for your sin because you are embarrassed by the one and only way to receive salvation? Are you willing to go to hell because your are embarrassed? This sounds like a severe case of pride and ego. Too many people hate to admit that they are not capable of doing good on their own. They don’t want to publicly admit to anyone that they need Jesus. They would rather wallow in their shame because they are too afraid to face their embarrassment. Instead they hide the light from themselves and others.
Personally, I would rather be like Paul and proudly proclaim that I am not ashamed!