Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-24:7 / Romans 1:1-17 / Psalm 84:1-7
Have you ever been with someone who has said or done something that embarrassed or made you ashamed? We want to disappear as soon as possible because of the humiliation. Teenagers go through a phase where they are “embarrassed” by their parents. With that said, parents encounter even more embarrassment and shame because of their teens!
We become ashamed when we are embarrassed, ridiculed, humiliated or made to look foolish. We tend to stay away from shameful circumstances or people. The early church faced great persecution because of the message of the gospel. When they followed Christ and placed their unwavering faith in Him, they were ostracized, ridiculed and isolated.
The Apostle Paul wrote about his faith and confidence in the salvation of God. He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Rom 1:16) Paul faced the horrific venom of a hateful world that attempted to destroy and ridicule the name of Christ.
Paul boldly stood and proclaimed the gospel message despite the world’s negative response. He was not swayed by their ridicule, his faith did not falter; he became even more determined to proclaim the gospel message…. Why? Paul knew the power of God was not limited or inferior. God had the power to change lives and hearts. Jesus Christ had the power to forgive sin and to set all men free!
When our lives are transformed by the powerful touch of Christ, it matters not what the world says. We are not ashamed because those words meant for humiliation and ridicule have been stripped of their sting by the inward work of a risen Savior. Shame has no power over us, it matters not what the world thinks or says…our lives are not defined by their opinions but by the gracious, powerful and faithful work of a victorious Redeemer! Death, hell and the grave had no hold on Him; shame has no power over us!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!