I'm Not Ashamed

by Jeff A. Jenkins
The Apostle Paul was embarking on a discussion concerning the wickedness that was prevalent in the world of his day.
In Romans 1:18-32, he paints a vivid picture of a world gone wild. The world in our time is not unlike the world of Paul’s day. Before this discussion, Paul talks about his desire to proclaim the Word of God.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).
The word for gospel means “good news.” The good news has the power to save. The good news is God’s message of love and salvation to a lost, sinful world (John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
Paul reminds us that in this good news the righteousness of God is revealed.
When we gather around the Lord’s table each week we are not only remembering what our Lord did for us at Calvary (Luke 22:17-20).
We are also proclaiming the good news. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26).
This is the reason we must examine ourselves every time we eat the Lord’s supper (1 Corinthians 11:28).
It would be wonderful if every Christian could say with Paul that we are not ashamed to proclaim the good news.
We should not be ashamed to proclaim the good news through our teaching or through our life. We must live our lives in such a way that says to the world, “we are not ashamed.”
When we gather each week around the Lord’s table we are saying to one another and to the world, “I am not ashamed” of my Savior.

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