We had an old Ford Taurus sedan that I became increasingly ashamed of when I would go to meet with friends. The sun had oxidized the paint and had caused the dash to curl up in one area, which made it look disgusting. I would often search for a parking spot far from anyone that I knew. I was definitely ashamed of that car.
When was the last time that you were ashamed of something or someone? Maybe it was a vehicle, or perhaps there is an acquaintance that you prefer not to be seen with in public. We have all experienced feelings of being ashamed at some point in our lives.
Recently, I have been meditating on Romans 1:16 which states,
"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." (ESV)
This verse is both amazing and convicting. Paul does not just say that he is not ashamed of the gospel, but he goes one step further by sharing why he is not ashamed of the Good News. He states that it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. This gospel that Paul is talking about has no resemblance to an old, beat up car or a friend with an embarrassing lifestyle. This gospel is the eternal solution for anyone who will believe. It is the one thing that can turn darkness into light and give hope to the hopeless. We should not be ashamed of telling others about the gospel. It is the one thing that can totally transform lives.
About the Author
David and Cheryl Morris live in Florida and have served with The Navigators since 1980 in the United States and West Africa. David currently serves as the Ministry Coordinator for NavConnect and is a part of the Nations Within Mission.