I can only remember one or two times that my dad was a bit ashamed of me. One was when I was cursing on the walkie talkies to my brothers. (you know junior high stuff), and then again when I was fighting, really fighting with my brother Jimbo. I could see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. He was ashamed of my poor behavior. Its terrible to be ashamed of someone you love. Worse, is causing the shame.
I have described my role as a pastor/preacher/teacher- “I am just one beggar, telling other beggars where I’ve found bread”. I consider myself a nobody, telling everybody, about somebody (Jesus) who can save anybody. I am not apologetic about my faith or Christianity. And when others demean, ridicule or persecute the gospel or people of faith, I am not shaken or deterred in the least. Why? Because I have seen over the last 42 years of being a Christian and traveling the world that there is a surpassing power of God in the message of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God. The best parts of Western civilization are attributable to the influence of the gospel, the church, and Christianity. Without it, civilization will crumble and actually already is crumbling before our very eyes. Whatever shortcomings we demonstrate as Christian people, I challenge detractors to clearly say what they find wrong with Jesus! I remain unashamed of Jesus! How about you?
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 the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 NASB
How have I responded over the years to the the saving knowledge of the Son of God? Have I treated the gospel as precious or cheap? Have I boldly stood in the face of adversity for His name’s sake? Is there any part of me ashamed of the gospel? Has it really become the power unto salvation for me? Would God be ashamed of me?
God, as this day begins- if anything I have limited the power of the gospel in my life. Today, I open myself up to You and Your righteousness. May I value all that You do. May I honor the Son of God in word, thought and deed. Thank you that Your steadfast love never ceases and your mercy is new every morning. Help me be who You desire me to be in every way today. I pray for my friend Ron and his chemo treatment- restore his energy. I pray for Janice at Disneyland getting a break from her treatment, may her and Randy enjoy time together laughing and wandering the park. I pray for those suffering the loss of loved one’s with funerals ahead, be real and close to them and give them grace to resolve family hurt and conflict. Amen.