Romans 1:16 & 17 “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
We live in a world that daily persecutes and attacks believers. It is a scary day to live in and we must choose whether to keep what God has done in us quiet and live a life of hiding in the background or to be unashamed and proclaim how God has used us and changed us.
Jesus challenged us to be a light to the world, a city on a hill for all to see. It means we cannot be ashamed of who God made us to be. The power of God saved us when we believed, it means we do not have to be ashamed of our past because it is forgiven and forgotten by God. We also must not be ashamed to say who we are and whom we dedicate our lives too.
Let me tell you, it is easy to be unashamed surrounded by fellow believers but a lot tougher when it seems like you are the only believer in your school, work place, home, or military unit. At those times it seems like it might be easier to hide our faith but it is in those times that Christ can shine brightest through us. When you are unashamed people notice, they see what God is doing in your life and they want what you have. A peace that surpasses all understanding no matter what the trial or storm, a joy unspeakable even when your world is falling apart, a faith unshakeable even when everyone else would give up, a strength that overcomes the impossible, and a love that loves the unlovable. That is who we are and God has empowered each of us to be just that, to be extraordinary and to shine for all the world to see.
Choose today to be not ashamed. To be a city on a hill burning brightly.
Take a moment and listen to Not Ashamed by Kristian Stanfill as you pray today and choose to be Not Ashamed.
Join us September 9 to the 30 as iDevo takes a walk through Romans.