Written by Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 (NKJV).
Some Christian believers are, for various reasons, ashamed of the gospel of Christ and find it very hard to share it with those around them. Also whenever challenges in life become many, there is a tendency for some Christian believers to become self-centered, pre-occupied with their own personal needs and the innate desire to get ahead. We must, however, remember that it was during the most trying times of great persecution that the early church thrived and expanded the most. We should always be willing and ready to share the gospel of Christ with the lost around us in all circumstances and at any cost.
Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, a famous American Theologian, Writer and Pastor, best known for his Scofield Annotated Reference Bible, commented on the above verse thus:
“When Paul says the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation he uses the word ‘dunamis’ which is related to the English word ‘dynamite’. Dynamite blasts the rock in pieces. And that is just what the Gospel does in the spiritual realm. It blasts the rock-like resistance of the sin-hardened heart. The rough jailor in Philippi, the runaway slave Onesimus in Rome, and Saul the persecutor on the Damascus road, all had the hard core of their resistance broken by the Gospel. They knew its power and their transformed lives bore witness to it before all men.”
In a song sang many years back by the Heritage Singers, “I am Not Ashamed of the Gospel”, we find these beautiful words that should characterise our attitude towards the gospel:
“I’ve got too much behind me
To let this world bind me
To some He’s a name
But to me, He’s my everything
I am not ashamed of the Gospel………….
No, I am not ashamed of the Gospel
Of Jesus Christ”
Loving, Heavenly Father, remove any lingering sense of shame about Christ and His gospel from our lives. May Jesus not be just a name, but everything to us. May we know the “dunamis” that’s in the gospel of Christ to change and transform the hardest of hearts. Please, Lord, fill us with love for the lost and passion for sharing the Gospel of Christ with them in all circumstances and at any cost. May our hearts, minds, strength, talents, and material and financial resources be fully deployed in the propagation of the gospel of the Kingdom of God. We pray all this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!
A blessed day to you all!