Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Unashamed

un·a·shamed

[uhn-uh-sheymd]

Adjective: Expressed or acting openly and without guilt or embarrassment, contrite, or apologetic.

Romans 1:16 says, “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.”

Do you remember watching this video a few years ago?  

Even if you do – watch it again – think about it’s message.

 

I was thinking about a sermon I heard a few years ago, the pastor called us (the body of Christ) to focus on discipleship.  I felt a surge of joy that had been stuffed down inside of me for a long time waiting for a pastor to speak about the importance of me being discipled and then me passing on that gift to someone else (right now that is our 9 blessings and with that comes a great responsibility to live that out before them).  We are called by Jesus to go and make disciples.   Not to build up churches full of church goers, but to build up disciples who are living humbly to serve Christ in whatever way He is calling them.   That will look differently for each of us.  Because each of us has been given a special gift by God.   You might be an encourager.  You might be a teacher.  You might have the gift of worship.  You might have the gift of comfort.  You might have the gift of hospitality.  You might have the gift of wisdom and discernment.  You might have the gift to be a full time missionary.  But whatever that gift is I know for a fact God will use it if we humble ourselves to allow Him full access into our lives and hearts.   Not our way but God’s way – all the way – every day.

I sat there in my seat listening to the pastor break down Philippians 2:1-8.  Verse by verse he dug into the meaning of Paul’s heart and hope for the body of Christ. 

Imitating Christ’s Humility
1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

Everything Jesus needed to do or had to do was done through the power of God.   He relied fully on Him.   He didn’t look to Himself for wisdom.  He trusted fully in God’s leading and direction.  He trusted in whatever the Father had asked Him to do that Jesus would have everything needed to do it.  Even death on the cross.  

God has already supplied everything we (believers) need to do the work of the Father perfectly.   It is finished.  We must trust in that and walk out our faith unashamed.   Time is short.  Life is passing us all by.   The clock is ticking and none of us know how long we have left to do His work.  None of us know the hour in which He will call us home.   With that comes great responsibility to pass on the gift and blessing of His mercy, grace and love.  Every person in our lives deservers to hear the truth and allow it to work in them and set them free.  Every person we encounter is worthy of our time and compassion. 

The message the pastor delivered applies to every area of my life – first as a wife, then as a mother, daughter, sister and friend.   I was encouraged, convicted and uplifted all at the same time.  God used this message to set me free by His truth and the power of His love that moved in me and through me once again.  

I know what I must do and it all begins with me – humbling myself.   Daily.  Most days moment by moment.

For I am nothing without Him.  

I am everything because of Him. 

 

Matthew 10:32-33 says, “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.”

Luke 9:23-26 says, “And He was saying to them all, If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.  For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory, and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”

I read this short devotional on Heartlight.org about this very thing: 

Life is really all about who we are trying to please. When it's all said and done, who do we want to claim they love us, claim they're proud of us, and claim us as their own? I want Jesus to do all three with me! Anything else I accomplish in life won't mean anything if those three things don't happen when I meet him face to face. You see, Jesus lived for those things with his Father and was successful ("You are my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with you." Luke 3:22 NLT) and he tells us here that we can look forward to that same welcoming statement if we confess him before others.

Holy Father, Righteous God, and Almighty Savior, I believe Jesus of Nazareth was your Son, come in human flesh, and is both Christ and Lord. Give me the strength to not only confess that before anyone who asks, but to live in such a way that they ask me about my hope and my confidence and my salvation. In Jesus' mighty name I pray. Amen.

AMEN!

Wishing you all a blessed week!   Do all things unto the glory of the Lord! 

Shine on and live UNASHAMED!

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1 comment:

  1. This post so resonates with my heart and what God has been teaching me recently! This, especially: "God has already supplied everything we (believers) need to do the work of the Father perfectly. It is finished. We must trust in that and walk out our faith unashamed." I blogged back in January about 2 Peter 1:1-4 and how God had convicted me and challenged me that He has already given us EVERYTHING we need for life and Godliness. I have NO excuse for not doing what He has called me to do. Ouch! And yet what an encouragement! Thank you for sharing this...I needed the reminder today.

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