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The Bold Message of the Gospel 2: Unashamed of the Gospel

The Bold Message of the Gospel Day 2 – Unashamed of the Gospel

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

For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. (Luke 9:26, ESV)

I would love to claim that I’ve never been ashamed of the gospel message, but I would be lying. Maybe I’ve not shown shame in obvious ways, but I’ve shown it by not saying what needed to be said, or maybe not wanting to be identified as a Christ follower. As I’ve matured in my faith, I feel less of that shame, but it’s still something I wrestle with—which makes no sense when I consider the beauty of the message I have to tell a lost world.

This lack of courage in sharing the gospel message is not new. We see in our Scripture reference from Romans how Paul made a point to state that he wasn’t ashamed of the gospel (indicating that others were). Why might we feel insecure or afraid or even ashamed to share this message of hope? It’s somewhat puzzling, but it likely ties into our perception that fitting in is more desirable than standing out. Because of the boldness of the message, we worry that others will find it offensive and thus will reject us along with the message.

I think of Billy Graham, who was not bashful in the least to preach straightforward gospel messages in a commanding voice and in unconventional styles, speaking in tents and school stadiums. He didn’t limit himself by only following conventional methods, but was willing to do what worked best to gather large crowds to hear the most important message ever. He didn’t shy away from the word “hell” nor make any bones about calling people “sinners.” He was not ashamed of the gospel, and made a huge impact on the world for Christ. What if we were bold and unashamed of the gospel? Could we experience similar results in leading others to salvation in Christ? It’s a thought-provoking question to ask ourselves.

When was the last time you shared the gospel message without being ashamed? When was the last time you spoke up in a situation where your faith was being challenged or where your testimony was at stake? To be perfectly transparent, those moments often cause me to be anxious and greatly intimidate me. But again, why is that? Is not the message we have to share ultimately more important than our ego or our fear? Is it not actually kind and gracious to make a point of telling others of the hope we have in Christ? 

Maybe you have someone in your life right now that is searching for peace and truth; it’s not by accident that they are in your circle. Pray that God will equip you with wisdom in sharing His message with them. Ask for courage, too, so that fear and shame won’t hold you back from being direct yet compassionate and loving. How tragic it would be to enter heaven and discover that, while many others sought to bring people to Christ, no one was saved or even witnessed to by any effort of your own in sharing Jesus and His gospel message. 

We have received the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to go into all the world and preach the gospel—this commission includes you! It will take courage to obey this command. It will take boldness to share the gospel with the lost and hurting, the proud and the angry. But a lot is at stake. In fact, the souls of the lost are facing eternal separation from God and punishment in hell—that’s a big deal. How can we not share our message! How can we not offer them hope and redemption! Too often, I leave the work to someone else, someone I feel is more capable or knowledgeable. But when I do this, I miss out on being an exciting part of the work God has called His people to do. Don’t allow shame to hold you back from the purposes God has for you. The reward is great, and it will follow you throughout all eternity.

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