The tagline on my site is “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth . . . (Romans 1:16)”
This is something that Paul said to the church at Rome. The theme in chapters 1-3 of Romans is that all men are guilty before God. At the time he wrote verse 16 (by inspiration of the Holy Spirit), he was just wrapping up his introduction of this long letter. This letter was written while Paul was on his third missionary journey and in Corith (Acts 20). Paul’s desire was to return to the church at Rome but he was hindered (Rom 1:10-13; 15:22) and his hope was to get there by way of Spain, although we do not learn that until Romans 15:23-28 when he shares that he must first go to Jerusalem to deliver an offering that was made at Macedonia.
After all that Paul had encountered on his three missionary trips, he was ready to preach Christ in Rome also. He had traveled long and hard sharing his testimony for Christ and sharing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He wanted everyone to know that what Jesus did on the cross at Calvary is available to all the world, but not before he delivers the news that all men are guilty of sin and because of this they cannot be with God until they pay the wage of sin, which is death (Romans 6:23). He is gearing up to the most exciting news on the face of this planet: that although we are guilty, God loves us so much that He had mercy on us and through His grace He offered His only begotten Son to pay our sin debt; sacrificing His own life to pay our debt. Paul was not ashamed to proclaim this to everyone that he came in contact with from that day that he was saved by the Lord on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-25). He told it to the Corinthians. He told it to the Galatians. He told it to the Ephesians, the Philippians, the Colossians. He trained Timothy and others on how to tell about Jesus (1 Timothy 1). He wrote a letter to a slave owner to beg for restoration of his disciple, Onesimus, through the grace of Jesus Christ (Philemon 1). He sang about the Lord while in prison (Acts 16: 19-40).
How did Paul become so bold to talk about Jesus at home, at work, anywhere, every day? He did it by prayer and study. He did it by the power of praying brothers and sisters in Christ. He asked them to pray for him and thanked the Lord for them every time he communicated with them. Take a look at some of his closing words in his letter to the Ephesians:
Ephesians 6:17-20 ( KJV ) 17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; 19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Paul knew his job from the moment God saved him from his cruel and wrenched old life as a persecutor of those that he now calls brethren. He knew that he needed to be an ambassador — but he also knew that it was not in his own strength and self that he was going to be able to do this. He asked for prayer, even for himself and his own mission. He asked that the other believers would specifically pray for boldness for himself so that when he opened his mouth that it was the gospel that came out to help others believe this great mystery.
I was browsing through my network over at The High Calling and I read an article by Michelle DeRusha entitled God-Talk at the Office. She shared how she was so surprised when someone at the office asked her if she loved Jesus. As she was discussing the encounter with her husband, she was overheard by her 7 year-old son. Take a look at how the conversation turned when the boy was welcomed into the conversation:
“What’s wrong with that? What’s wrong with asking if you love Jesus?” asks my seven-year-old son, Rowan, looking up from his math homework at the kitchen counter. I’d forgotten he was there, perched on the bar stool; I didn’t know he’d been listening.
“Well,” I hesitate, “nothing really. We talked a little bit about God and church. It was fine. All I’m saying is that I didn’t expect it, because I don’t usually talk about Jesus at work.”
“But why not?” Rowan presses … read more …
So many times we are tempted to suppress the good news that we know. I can speak for my own country because I know that in the United States of America we are still free to discuss religion at home, at work, anywhere, every day. We are called to discuss Him, yet tempted not to speak of Him in certain situations. Just like Michelle, we feel guilt later, when we have been embarrassed or ashamed to do what ambassadors for Christ should do.
Meeting my Saviour is the best thing that has ever happened to me on this planet. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Why? Because it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth! That’s why I write about it every day. I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ that when they open their mouth, wherever they may be, that they are bold to share the love of Jesus and the mystery of the gospel of salvation. I pray that they never forget that:
Christianity isn’t just for once a week; Christianity is for every day.
Excerpt from God-Talk at the Office © 2001 – 201 H. E. Butt Foundation. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from Laity Lodge and TheHighCalling.org. Article by Michelle DeRusha
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