Today’s Bible readings in the “Necessary Food” Bible reading plan are Genesis 3:1-24; Job 1:13-22; Isaiah 2:6-22; Matthew 2:1-12; and Romans 1:16-17. I’ve chosen Romans 1:16-17 for my devotional reflection today…
Ashamed! Ashamed of the things we should value, honor, and the things in which we should find a sense legitimate “pride” as Christians. Tragic, isn’t it! Sometimes, however, as strange as it may seem, we may feel “ashamed” regarding features of the “Gospel” as Christians…
I was guest speaker at a church in Austin, Texas a particular weekend years ago. Sharon and I and our little son, PJ were staying at a hotel there for the weekend. PJ was sitting at the desk in our room drawing a picture on a sheet of paper. Several times I walked by and complemented his effort. Finally, heard PJ sigh with satisfaction and I walked over to see the finished drawing. It was a child’s rendition of the cross (he’d even tried to add a 3-dimensional element to the drawing)… Let’s face it though – it was a child’s drawing! He looked up at me and said, “Daddy can we get some tape and put it up on the door of our room?” I admit that I felt a moment of shame (did I say it was a child’s drawing after all?)… And then I heard God speak clearly to my heart… His message? “Listen Son, I never want you to be ashamed of the cross again!”
Oh, and the rest of the story… When PJ got up to put his drawing on the door of our room… He had added these words to his drawing “God loves you” and then these emphatic words came from his mouth: “There Daddy, now they’ll know!”
This morning, during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read Apostle Paul’s position on this issue…He said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!” (From Romans 1:16-17)
In another place Paul observed, “The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God!” (1 Corinthians 1:18) … Certainly nothing to be ashamed of!
The “gospel” had changed Paul’s life… He had seen what it could do in the lives of others! His confidence of it’s power was firm! He believed that behind the gospel was God power to change lives, situations, cultures, nations… the world! And me? “I never want to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ! It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes!”