Have you ever been ashamed? I sure have. One time was when I received my first, and only, speeding ticket. I was coming home late at. Isn’t from a JBC game and was in a hurry. I was following a friend with a radar detector which apparently didn’t warn us. Daddy had taught us to respect the law and keep our record clean. I knew he would be disappointed and I was ashamed of it all. I survived and learned some valuable lessons.
One definition of ashamed is to be reluctant or unwilling to do something out of embarrassment. I think that is what Paul if in Romans when he wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
Romans 1:16 ESV
There is nothing about the gospel for which we should feel embarrassed. Jesus took the Shane when He does in payment for our sins in the cross. Why are we embarrassed to share that? Why are we concerned with how the lost will perceive us when we attempt to share the good news with them? In our selfish embarrassment, our silence is what should really make is ashamed. We are watching them die without hearing the good news and call to repentance because they might laugh at us.
Like Paul, let’s get over ourselves and boldly share the love of God with all around us. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost and passed that mission on to us.