Why Are You Ashamed? #565

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Romans 1:16, NKJV)

Christians may be ashamed of the gospel for any number of reasons; none of which are valid before the Almighty. For some, the gospel is too “simple”. They are ashamed of its lowliness; they desire to be significant in the eyes of the world. For others, the gospel is too plain. These are impressed by pomp and ceremony, ritual and rites, and its simple plan of salvation (believe, confess faith, repent and be baptized) is not flashy enough for them. For these, worship must be an extravaganza exciting the senses, an amazing “experience” of sound, lights, action. It seems that worship “in spirit and in truth” is too dull for them (Jno. 4:23-24). Others are ashamed of the gospel’s demands. They want to continue living selfishly in sin rather than standing up for Jesus and being different from the world. These prefer to blend in with their surroundings. The gospel calls upon us to stand up and stand out, without shame, because Christ Jesus died for us and we now live for Him. Glory in the cross; never be ashamed of the gospel (Gal. 6:14). It alone is God’s power to save you.