Why are you ashamed?

Throughout life I’m sure everyone has a thing or a person they become ashamed of at some point. For instance, in middle school a boy might be ashamed because he likes the girl that all his friends call ugly. Or both genders at some point are ashamed of the effect puberty is having on them. What ever the case is, we’ve all had a moment of shame. In Christianity we see it all the time, where we are ashamed to let the world know that we are believers. Some might say “because, people get offended if they don’t believe” or “I don’t want to force my religion on them” or they might just feel like its not cool among the people they hang out with, so they hide it around those people. The issue with that is, the Bible clearly states a few things about being ashamed of Christ.

1. A reason not to be ashamed. Joel 2:26-27

You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.
27 Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.

Here’s the interesting thing about Christians. When it comes to receiving and claiming things from God we are all for it and will do what ever it takes to “get our blessing.” But as soon as He wants something from us, we act like we didn’t hear that from Him. The basic stuff is already in the Bible, like the Great Commission. God does not have to call you to be a witness for Him or to pray for someone you KNOW is hurting and doesn’t know God for themselves. This scripture is talking about blessings God is giving to his people, but yet he still has to say TWICE that his people will not be ashamed of him. You mean to tell me that even after the blessing that clearly came from the Lord, you still don’t bear His name on a daily basis? Sometimes we do God so wrong. When you get something from the Lord everyone will know its something special, so when they ask you about it, a way to bear His name would be to say “God did that.” You have to recognize His power in your life. The glory is not for you it’s for Him, ALWAYS. In that scripture it tells you what is going to happen (the people will have plenty to eat) then it says THEN you will KNOW I am your God, which means the reason He’s doing it is to show himself and for Him to get the glory. He cares about you so you got something in the process but His point was to make Himself known. Don’t steal or hide His shine.

2. Persecution is coming, REGARDLESS

Luke 21:17-19

Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

The scripture is plain here. EVERYONE will hate you because you believe in Christ. That may be exaggerated a bit but the truth is a lot of people will be mad when you mention Him. Some people have not come to believe in the God and Jesus we’ve never seen and the holy spirit they’ve never felt. God knows its hard for us to wrap our human brains around him but that’s why this is a faith based religion. The only way you can believe in it is by believing in Him and his son. So if you know you’ve experienced God in your life and you have salvation through his son, its time to be open about it. America loves for you to be open about everything else but as Christians we have to include this and make it the number 1 choice at that. The promise that comes with being bold about Jesus is that you will not perish. He’s going to make sure you get to heaven just for making his name great in the earth. We just have to come to terms with the fact that our life may not be cool or accepted by everybody, but for a God that continues to bless us and open doors for us, it should definitely be worth it.

3.  The consequences of being ashamed. Matthew 10:32-33

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

Finally, here’s the worse consequence of being ashamed. This may seem a bit blunt, but its the word of God. Jesus will deny you in front of God on judgement day if you’ve been living your life as if He hasn’t been in it. Now think about it, you’ve believed in God ALL your life, you got saved at the age of 15 and you never miss a Sunday, you do outreach with the church you’re in 5 different ministries, but outside of that your friends don’t know a thing about your Christian life. Let’s stop there, because there shouldn’t be a difference between your daily life and your Christian life. Once you give your life to Christ, it (your life) becomes completely Christian. Yes you’re going to mess up and your ways may not change right away, but there should be enough evidence for people to know you are not the same person you used to be. Stop hiding Jesus. He’s the light of the world, his purpose is to shine. That’s like trying to block the sun. Its too hard! Because it’s supposed to be there, just like Jesus! You don’t want to live this life just going to church but not letting your light shine the rest of the time if its going to mean you’ll miss heaven. That would be the absolute worse. Don’t be ashamed, God is everything and if you know that for yourself, you should share it with someone who hasn’t experienced it yet.

Get Your Mind Right

2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 5 Put to death, therefore,  whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.       Colossians 3:2,5,7

This is something I have been struggling with lately and I felt others might be able to relate as well. One would think that once you decide to focus on God and submit to Him completely, everything will be easy breezy and your old life and ways will just fall away from you. However, this is definitely not the case. Life actually seems to get harder when you actually fight the temptation of things that you learn are not pleasing to God. What I’ve found is, you have to do a mindset change in order for you to successfully change your life through the power of God. Once you make the decision to live for God you have to go from thinking in a carnal (relating to the physical body) mindset to thinking in a spiritual way. Hence the first scripture, “set your mind on things above and not on earthly things”. In today’s world everyone seems to be screaming “Do you, Be you, and everyone HAS to accept you for who you are.” Depending on the way you feel about that, it can be unfortunate that the Christian lifestyle says the opposite. You have to die to what your mind is telling you to do to bring pleasure to your flesh and start focusing on what your spirit needs to make it to heaven. No doubt this is hard, but not as hard as you think. It’s basically a mind reset. You have to get rid of just about everything that you’ve learned from the secular world and begin to search the scriptures (with the Holy Spirit interpreting) for the correct way of going about everything.

It is a prevalent issue among modern day Christians to try to have both lives. You can’t be in the middle though, God does not work like that. If you need deliverance from sins, ask for it! 1 John 5:14-15 says “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us, And if we know that he hears us– what ever we askwe know that we have what we asked of him. I would venture to say that it is God’s will to deliver us from those things, all you have to do is believe that He will do it and by his power begin to remove yourself from those situations and conditions. Did you understand that? You have to do work as well. Learn to say no, learn to separate yourself until you find a group of people that are trying to go in the same direction as you. And it may seem crazy but in those moments of solitude, pray that God would take that fleshly desire from you and look for a scripture to encourage you like Hebrew 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. You will be rewarded for seeking Him, and part of you seeking him is wanting to live pleasing unto him. Sounds to me like this is a better deal. (Just saying)

So lose yourself in the eternal moment. Think about your reward in heaven, then you will realize the hard work is worthwhile. But it starts in your mind. Once your mindset changes, some things will no longer be a temptation to you because your desires will change as well. Sometimes you will need a tune up, but just listen to your spirit and know where to go when you feel like you’re falling off.

I hope this helps you to repent (to change your mind) so that you can begin to be the ‘You’ God wants you to be.