Life Unashamed

Romans 1:16–17 (NKJV) 16 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. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

There are things in my past that I am ashamed of. I think we all have those things we wish we had not done or said, so I am not going to dwell upon them. Those things do not defy the person I am today. The amazing thing is, no matter how dark, no matter how bad, no matter how shameful those things may be, Christ has wiped them from our record. We now walk in His righteousness. If you have not given thanks for that today, take a moment right now and thank Him for that! Without the cleansing of our sins, we would have lives that we should be very ashamed of. He is so good to forgive us and place His righteousness upon us. And all His people said… Amen! Not Ashamed Of The Gospel Paul expresses where his heart is at in verse 16. No matter what, he is all in, completely sold out, absolutely unashamed by his Savior and the faith he places in Him. He backs up his dedication to the Lord by reminding us of His promise, that it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Is that where our heart is at? If we are honest, we can probably say that we are sometimes all in, sometimes sold out. One thing we should never be is ashamed of our faith. We may fail in an evangelic opportunity, we may fail to defend our faith, but that does not mean that we are living ashamed of our faith. It simply means that we failed, once, that shouldn’t be the pattern of our lives. Why It Is Important To Live Unashamed The Lord did not come to save just the Jewish, He did not come to save a certain country, a certain race, He came to provide salvation for everyone who believes. When you live unashamed, your story matters to those on the fence. If you are steadfast in your belief, it will show through in your testimony and evangelistic opportunities. Your steadfastness will provide confidence for the unbeliever. I remember selling cars at a local dealership. I sold what is referred to as wholesale vehicles. They were vehicles with known problems. The dealership lists those problems out and the car is sold without temporary plates and without an inspection sticker. I struggled to sell these cars and when I did sell them I lost all of the profit margin during the sales process. I would go into each sale knowing that the product I was selling was inferior. On the occasions that I got to sell new cars, the process when a lot smoother. I knew the product I was selling was as good as it could be and I had confidence in them. That showed through and I closed many of those opportunities because of the confidence I had in the product. Closing The Deal We can talk to anyone about Jesus with full confidence in what He has to offer. We can go into any evangelic opportunity knowing that the “product” we are pushing is perfect. As we talk to others about Christ, we must do so confidently, completely sold out, all in, absolutely unashamed. Closing Thoughts: The just shall live by faith, unashamed and completely sold out! Let that be our aim for the day! Romans 9:33 (NKJV) 33 As it is written: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and rock of offense, And whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

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