“Ashamed of the Gospel”
Are we afraid to let people know we are believers?
Perhaps we hope that our friends and neighbors would not know we are believers.
The apostle Paul wasn’t ashamed of the Gospel and he unabashedly let people know this truth.
Please read the following verses.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.
9 God, whom I serve with my whole heart in preaching the gospel of his Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you
10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God’s will the way may be opened for me to come to you.
11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.
13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.
16 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.
17 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.”
I praise the Lord God that we can see in the Bible men like Paul and others, men and women who stood on the Word of God.
Do you find yourself in Paul’s shoes today?
If not, I challenge you to be in the Word and let the Holy Spirit convince you too.
I pray that we can all say with Paul. Romans 1:16-17. 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.