Are You Ashamed of Jesus?
The title of this blog is a paraphrase of a statement taken from Mark 8:38 where Jesus is talking to the people about the cost of following Him. [Mark 8:38] “For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
If we are ashamed of Jesus, we will not pick up our cross and follow Him. Now, I know there are people who will read this and say to themselves, “I am not ashamed of Jesus. I love Jesus.” Let’s see if you love Jesus as much as you say you do. Answer the following questions, Do you talk to people outside of your home about the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you think your church involvement fulfills your duty to God? Have you ever said, “I just don’t have the boldness to tell others about Jesus outside the church. That’s not my calling. That’s more suited for you, brother.” Have you heard a sermon recently on the scriptures, “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Do you understand what Jesus meant when He spoke those words? What He meant is – we are to get involved in the lives of people and minister to their needs, whatever they might be. You can’t depend on the pastor to do all the work. The pastor’s job is to take care of the personal needs of his flock. He preaches the Word of God which is the message the Holy Spirit uses to impregnate the spirit of the recipients with hope and expectation. The sheep or members of the congregation are the lamb bearers in the kingdom of God. The lambs born into the kingdom come from the lost and hurting of this world. Remember the Christmas Story in Luke? The angel Gabriel came to Mary with a Message from God, and when Mary believed it and received it, the Holy Spirit then anointed or empowered the Good News delivered to her by the angel Gabriel to impregnate her. The bible describes this anointing or empowerment as the Holy Spirit ‘overshadowing’ her; and she gave birth to the Son of God, which is the Gospel, and she gave Him the name Jesus. The message the angel Gabriel delivered to Mary hasn’t changed in its ability to impregnate or give new life to the human spirit or its power to overshadow our physical body. But this cannot take place unless the preacher or messenger preaches or delivers the message of God to the people; and when the message is received, the Holy Spirit then uses that message of Good News to empower, or anoint our spirit, and when we deliver God’s Message to the unsaved, the Holy Spirit uses our message to impregnate them with a desire to be born again, and with time, we, the church body, will receive a new-born lamb into the fold. The only way a person can be saved or born-again is for them to hear the Message sent to them from God through the mouth of a messenger, and if the body of Christ does not deliver God’s Word to the lost, they will die in their lost condition, and God will hold us accountable for their death.
Folks, this isn’t rocket science. This is God’s plan for the expansion of His kingdom. We who make up the Body of Christ are the hands, the feet, the mouth, and the messengers who spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world. We are the kingdom expanders. God is counting on us to do our part. If we don’t deliver God’s Message, it won’t be delivered. Have you thought about this; if Gabriel had decided he didn’t want to deliver God’s message to Mary; we would be without a Savior right now? Romans 10:11 says, “Whosoever believes on Him shall not be ashamed.” The word ‘believes’ in this scriptures denotes action with application on the part of the hearer. And Romans 10:14, “How shall they believe on Him in whom they have not heard? And how shall how shall they hear without a preacher?” Let us not get confused by the word ‘preacher’ in this sentence. The word ‘preacher’ means the messenger of Good News who delivers his message to the hurting of this world as we will see in the following scripture. Romans 10:15, “How beautiful are the feet of them who preach the Gospel of Peace, and bring Glad Tidings of good things.” The Gospel of Peace came when the angels proclaimed at the birth of Christ, “Peace on earth, goodwill toward man.” We are to carry the Glad Tidings that ‘God isn’t mad at mankind’ to the world. He has sent Peace Offerings, and offerings of Goodwill to man. Romans 10 verse 15. The Good Things, Paul is referring to is the works Christ performed among the people when He was with them, and which He has commissioned us to perform today. And lastly, Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” If we do not deliver the message of hope to the lost and dying, there will be no new lambs born into our church bodies and not only will those who didn’t hear the message die, but the churches will die out because of a lack of new births. The Body of Christ is a living breathing organism just like our physical body. The family line like the body of Chrsit can only continue as long as there are children born into it. If your church body has become ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and is no longer a living breathing organism it will die without ever completely fulfilling its purpose. Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Him and His words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” If the church you are attending is dying, you better find one with life in it where the Message of God is alive and the Holy Spirit is impregnating the spirits of the congregants to bear lambs for the kingdom. Because when Jesus comes; for some this will be a most joyous day, but for those who are ashamed of Jesus and the gospel of Christ, it will be the saddest day of their life. DThrash