April 6

TODAY IS…

a good day to remind ourselves not to be ashamed.

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”  2 Timothy 1:8a NLT

Whenever something spectacular occurs in our lives, the first thing we do is tell others all about it. We can’t wait to get on the phone, or to send an email, or to see someone in person to share what we have learned that has made us so happy.

In these increasingly difficult times, forces seem to be at work to deny us the right to speak freely and proudly about our love of God. Those who would speak against Jesus Christ and would insist that the cross be removed from all public view seem to always be capable – and willing – to insist loudly that their “right” to not believe should supersede anyone else’s right to believe.

Many of us cringe in the face of the negativity espoused by others, but it is important to heed Paul’s admonishment and never be ashamed, or reluctant, to tell others about our faith.

Jesus tells us that there is a price to pay if we allow ourselves to be ashamed: “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 NASB).

Of course, when we think about it, what in the world could we possibly be ashamed of? Are we ashamed because the spirit of God has filled our hearts with love for other human beings? Are we ashamed because the promises of God give us a future and provide us with hope? Possibly we are ashamed because the message that we have received from God guides our actions and our thoughts and helps us avoid sinful temptation, immorality, hateful actions, and harmful behavior?

Applying rational thought to it, there is absolutely no reason to be ashamed of our relationship with the Lord. In fact, it is something that we should be proud of; something that we want to share with others; something that fills us to overflowing, requiring us to share with others.

“So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.”

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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