“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:16 HCSB
People find it difficult to evangelise for many reasons. One of them is having not embraced the gospel. These persons are not lost in Christ yet. They still care about what people say. They are ashamed of the gospel.
Another reason is that they are still trying to do the bidding of Christ while pleasing their flesh.
We have to understand that the beckon of the ministry of reconciliation is a beckon to die to the flesh. See how Jesus puts it. “He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” – Mark 8:34 HCSB
If you are ashamed, you cannot reach the world for Jesus. Maybe the reason you are afraid to talk about Jesus is because you care about people’s opinions.
Paul knew believers had a tendency to be ashamed of the Gospel so he said this:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek. For in it God’s righteousness is revealed from faith to faith, just as it is written: The righteous will live by faith.” – Romans 1:16-17 HCSB
Dear believer, be unashamed. Noah lived in a time when only him and his family believed in God (Genesis 6). Think about that for a second: only you taking a stand for God in the entire world and not minding a situation.
We have to be unapologetic in Christ, for Christ, with joy. We cannot dance to the gallery. We have to make sure no one makes us ashamed of the gospel. We must refuse to be ashamed!
Paul was in a climate like ours when he instructed Timothy thus: “Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct, and encourage with great patience and teaching.” – 2 Timothy 4:2 HCSB
This is an admonition we all need. Even when it’s not fashionable, preach the word still! Take a stand today. We are not church people because it’s fashionable. We do not run away at the slightest provocation.
Be ready to be laughed at like people did Jesus when he went to raise Jairus’ daughter from the dead (Matthew 9:24-25). Like Him, refuse to be ashamed. Take a stand for the gospel!