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Not Ashamed

Lent 2023

Read Romans 1:16-17

16For 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. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

I am not ashamed of the gospel. Romans 1:16

At some point, most parents are confronted with a crushing fact: their children are embarrassed by them. They want to be dropped off and picked up at the curb without their parent getting out of the car. They’re OK with their parents being at events as long as they don’t stand out. Don’t draw attention to yourself! Usually this is a passing phase, and parents typically understand, but it still hurts.

We boldly proclaim our support for some things. We brag about our favorite sports teams and wear the logos of our preferred brands. We talk about things that drive our passion. But maybe we are more timid in matters of faith. Perhaps we seek to keep faith private, lest we be embarrassed or singled out for proclaiming Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

That’s a temptation to sin, and Christ forgives it. Now, empowered by his Spirit, he calls us to a bold, confident faith. Knowing what he has done, how can we hide it? Gratitude and joy overflow. This is why Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Why? Not because of himself, but because of Jesus. “Because it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16)

Be bold for Jesus!


Lord, I believe. Empower me to boldly confess you before the world. Amen.

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