I Am Not Ashamed

 

In myself I have much to be ashamed of, for I have broken each and everyone of the commandments in one way or another. Sadly, I have most likely broken them all not just once or twice but many times! I don’t mean to boast of my past wickedness for I am truly ashamed to have to admit my failings. I have no doubt that you all have done the same. Besides, the Bible says if you broke even one you are guilty of having broken them all. (James 2:10 NIV)  For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. And don’t think the commandments are narrow based; they are not. I believe all sin can be related to one or more of the Ten Commandments.

 

But, thank God, I am forgiven and a new creature. I am not the man I used to be nor do I miss that man in the least. So! I am ashamed of my past but I am not ashamed of my God! Listen to this.

 

(Rom 1:16-25 NIV)  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. {17} For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." {18} The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, {19} since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. {20} For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. {21} For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. {22} Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools {23} and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. {24} Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. {25} They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.

 

Those who deny God are the ones that should be ashamed.

 

(Luke 9:26 NIV)  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.

 

As you sow, so shall you reap.

 

(Rom 6:20-23 NIV)  When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. {21} What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! {22} But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. {23} For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

The truth is I reaped no real benefit nor does anyone else.

 

(2 Tim 1:8 NIV)  So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God,

 

Frequently I see people guilty of these things.

 

(2 Tim 2:15 NIV)  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 

Here is why we need teaching and preaching and personal Bible study. It is also why we need prayer and why we need each other.

 

(Heb 2:10-11 NIV)  In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. {11} Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.

 

Now if Jesus were looking at my past He would be ashamed of me. But as I said I am not that old man today. By His sacrificial blood I have been set free.

 

(Heb 11:13-16 NIV)  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. {14} People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. {15} If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. {16} Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

 

All of the men and women mentioned in this chapter had things in their lives to be ashamed of, “For all have sinned….” But they had “Faith” and that faith was counted to them as righteousness. Their faith was not merely a spoken faith but an actual active faith. “Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.”

 

(1 Pet 4:12-16 NIV)  Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. {13} But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. {14} If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. {15} If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. {16} However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.

 

So in all things, at all times, and all places do not be ashamed of your faith, of your God, of your Lord. Be proud you belong to Christ and are known as a Christian. “… praise God that you bear that name.”