I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the Salvation of everyone who believes: first the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Are you ashamed of the gospel? It’s an interesting question and one we may not like to answer honestly. What does ashamed mean? The dictionary defines it as, “restrained by anticipation of shame.” Shame is defined as, “a condition of humiliating, disgrace or disrepute; something that brings censure or reproach; something that is regretted.” Now that’s a mouth full. What are ways we as Christians can be ashamed of the gospel? Maybe by not praying in a restaurant, not inviting others to church, or maybe by just going with the crowd instead of sticking up for what’s right. Look at Romans 1:16 again it says, “I am not ashamed.” Notice the word “not” in the verse cancels out the definition of ashamed. The new definition of “not ashamed” would be “unrestrained from the anticipation of shame, having no humiliation or regrets.”
Ok now we know what “not ashamed” means, lets look at two more definitions: gospel and power. Well what does gospel mean? It’s one of those words that floats around the church, everyone uses it, but do we know it’s meaning? Gospel is “the message concerning Christ, the Kingdom of God, and Salvation.” Power means “the ability to act or produce an effect.” So we are “not ashamed” of the message concerning Christ because it is the ability of God to act for the Salvation of everyone. When we share the Gospel with someone, God’s power is released into their life. Even if we don’t have the “harvest opportunity” a seed has been planted. Sometimes we want immediate results, and are discouraged when we don’t see them. The KEY is to remember that God is dealing with the person, not you!
So ask yourself, are you ashamed of the Gospel?