Bible Bites

Bible Bites

Proud of Jesus

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel…” (Romans 1:16)

Shame is based upon humiliation.  We feel shame when we feel we have done something foolish, silly, or wrong.  There are times when we feel shame because we have done something objectively wrong, such as stealing, lying, or other ethically wrong behavior.  This type of shame is godly and righteous.

However, there are times we feel shame because of subjective reasons driven by our own internal inadequacies, fears, or concerns about what others might think of us.  When you become embarrassed because you missed the fashion memo, accidentally tried to get into the wrong car in a crowded parking lot, or were chosen last for a pick-up basketball game, you likely understand this type of shame.  It is driven not by sin, but by environment.

This second shame is what Paul is warning us about.  Do not be shamed into thinking of the gospel of Jesus Christ as foolish, humiliating, or silly.  It is the very bedrock of humanity’s hopes.  We cannot allow the risk of embarrassment to stop our mouths.  Rather let us be deemed foolish for Christ and brave by Christ.  Speak up, speak plainly, and stand tall.  We ought to be proud of Jesus, not ashamed of His message.

Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites