Are You Ashamed?
“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.”
(Mark 8:38, NIV)
In the world (Satan’s realm), we are taught and encouraged from an early age to fit in and conform to the crowd, imitate and copy others, blend in, join the group and go with the flow. Unfortunately, we live in a world that is going in the wrong direction – away from God and His Word. Society encourages us to leave God at home and act like “closet Christians.” We strive to be politically correct at all times. We refrain from using expressions like “So help me God”; stop praying in public places, especially schools; and refrain from stating the Pledge of Allegiance because it contains the words, “One nation under God.”
We refrain from being sensitive to the needs of others based on their beliefs, and are careful not to offend anyone by talking openly about Jesus, the Bible and our faith, especially at work. At meals, we skip the prayer and go ahead and eat. We pray for others later in private so we don’t draw attention to ourselves. We hold back and are timid about sharing our personal testimony about God’s grace and goodness in our lives. We edit our marketplace presentations and eliminate all references to God. We overlook people in need and walk by so we don’t draw unnecessary attention to ourselves. We justify our failure to obey and follow God’s commandments because we deem them old-fashioned and out of touch in our modern world.
As a Christian, I am grieved over the state of affairs in our country. I grieve that we act this way. I encourage you to ask God to show you any area of your life where you have become a part of this stubborn and sinful generation. Child of God, repent today for walking in fear and allowing shame to turn you away from God. Commit today to be completely sold-out for Jesus!
Father, thank you for your Son and His sacrifice on the cross. Jesus, I confess my faith in you, bow down and call you Lord and Savior. Holy Spirit help me to walk boldly in my faith at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.