What does the word unashamed mean to you? Webster’s online dictionary defines unashamed as “to be without guilt, self consciousness, or doubt.” The key term in that definition to me is to be without guilt. Growing up in my family, I was always at church. Every Wednesday and Sunday my mom would make sure my sisters and I attended, weather we liked it or not. So, beginning a relationship with God at a young age was something I experienced. Being a young man on Fire for God and wanting all my friends to experience the same relationship I had was difficult. Everyday at school I was trying to invite someone to come to church with me. In the beginning, it was easy! I asked and they would say yes and we went from there, but as I got older I realized it wasn’t so easy. Entering into my later years in high school, asking the people around me to come to church was more difficult because most of those yes’s turned into no’s. My peers would say to me “why would I go to church, it’s boring?” or “I have something else going on.” Church wasn’t high on their list of priorities.
Going through all the rejections, I decided to search out the real reasons they would say no. I started asking deeper questions like “Do you believe in God? Do you consider yourself a Christian? How often do you pray or read your bible?”. The answers I received were alarming because they had an idea of who God was but never had a clear understanding. Just like the words knowledge and wisdom they seem to be equal but knowledge is how you implement the wisdom you were given. My job as a disciple for Jesus and the Kingdom of Heaven is to be unashamed of God and everything that is associated with Him, which includes Church. Feeling guilty because of what you believe in is not how Jesus intended us to live our lives. We need to have a fearlessness and a boldness that shows people around us how much we love God and them! God uses you and I to speak into the people around us by allowing his spirit to work and we can not do that by staying in the background. You may not be a pastor, missionary, or evangelist but if you love God and you believe Jesus died on the cross for you, it’s our job to tell the world that.
I challenge you to pick up your cross and be unashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ today!
Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to Gentile.”