Living Out Romans 1:16

There is a major problem we have in our society today.  It has to do with our willingness to live out and boldly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and tell the world the Good News of Christ.  There are many that are out there day after day being bold in proclaiming the Word, but the problem that we have that are far too many of us, and I have been in this camp as well, that don’t live out what we believe and don’t share or talk about the Good News of Jesus with others.  The problem comes because many are too afraid of what people will think or are afraid of being looked down upon, ridiculed, or being trash talked and accused of “shoving their religion down someones throat.”

Since my rebirth, it has been astounding to many, since God opened my eyes to see this phenomenon.  We get so afraid of what others say and therefore, even though we believed, freeze when the chance to share that faith or our testimony comes around.  Like I said, I had this issue for a long time.  I’m still not always the best at going out and just striking up conversations about it, but definitely working on and will defend my faith fiercely if ever challenged.

Saturday night, I was up late with my family watching the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight.  I have been a Manny Pacquiao fan for a few years.  For one years, he is Philipino, which I am half Philipino.  Seeing where he came from and knowing where family has come from makes me a fan.  But something more hit me recently and that was Manny’s born again faith in Jesus Christ.  He is a man that readily admitted all the junk he had in his life, violently repented, and surrendered his life to Jesus.  He lives it out everyday.  I’ve watched many interviews where he talks about this and he makes that such a profound part of life and his driving force.  No matter the outcome he had trying to box a runner, he already won, because his life is now all in for the Lord.

Manny does something with his fame that is so huge.  He lives out Romans 1:16 where Paul states, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”  Manny is not ashamed at all and you can see it in how he speaks, his whole demeanor, and the way he conducts himself now despite his success.  Remains humble and no matter what anyone may say he is bold about his faith and is not ashamed.

This many seem like a nobrainer for many, but the reality is that we are all called to boldly proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This comes down just looking past what others may say.  Not caring about the secular opinions or those pick and choose what they like from the Word to advance their post modern ways of thinking and try to demonize the Truth when it does not agree with their agenda, which we see everyday now in our society.

As 2 Corinthians 5:20 says, “We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” We as believers are all called to advance the Good News and God has gifted each of us with unique talents and abilities to be used to proclaim who He is and His love for all of us.

I have been so on fire for God and I can proudly say that I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is something we all need.  Not just to pay lip service to our faith, but to seriously live out our faith and proclaim it to the world.  “You also are the called of Jesus Christ” (Romans 1:6).  The call belongs to us all.  Brothers and sisters, lets stand and be bold.  Don’t be ashamed of who we are as God’s sons and daughters.  Jesus has made us new and lets all burn hotter and brighter with passion for God.

“The world needs to see Christians burning, not with self-righteous fury at the sliding morals in our country, but with passion for God.” – Kevin DeYoung

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