“I am proud of the good news! It is God’s powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles.”
Romans 1:16, CEV
“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
What is it, that holds us back? Is there a significant issue–a new boat or your next vacation to Disneyland? Would that keep you from following Him? Would you trade Him, for that?
So many of us are chicken when it comes to witnessing for Jesus Christ. We ‘cluck and duck’ when the subject of God or religion is raised. We hope no one is looking when we ask God to bless our food in a public place. Honestly, most of the time the issue for us is the fear of rejection. (It’s funny but some have never really gotten past the intimidation we experienced in High School.)
The saints who watch us from heaven, have got to be astonished. (Heb. 12: 1.) They look and wonder at the way we act, when so many of them have suffered deeply. They have been repeatedly, and deliberately hurt. We argue about padded pews and the color of the carpeting in our sanctuary.
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Mark 8:32, ESV
I suppose we need the spirit of the saints who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel. This very minute they are in prisons, in torture, in abuse all because they profess a love for Jesus Christ.
Could it be possible that God is calling you to leave your comfortable Christianity behind and tell someone that Jesus loves them and wants to save them. Will you do it, or will you be too ashamed? Let this be the year you bring the light of Christ to your dorm, your neighborhood, your apartment building, your baseball team, or wherever God has placed you. Let Him use you for His glory!
Your faith will activate God– your fear activates Satan.