For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew,then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
The opposite of “not ashamed” is feeling ashamed or shamed.
Definition – embarrassed or guilty because of one’s actions, characteristics, or associations . (you should be ashamed of yourself) reluctant to do something through fear of embarrassment or humiliation. ( “I’m ashamed to say I lost my temper.”)
Ashamed or not ashamed must have a point of focus that determines the behavior.
It depends on where you place your focus in life, acceptance from peers now or a future goal.
1. You see people out jogging that look out of shape – not ashamed because? – They want to get in shape.
2. You see some wear a particular sports team image because? Not ashamed of the Team.
3. You see some NOT wearing a sports logo anymore because? Ashamed..
4. You begin to push away from entertainment and begin to good study habits. You are made fun of by close friends but you are not ashamed because? You have decided to achieve a future goal in life.
Ashamed or not ashamed is determined if the desire for the future goal is stronger than the shaming pressure received in the present day.
Shaming – a verb meaning the action of trying to make someone ashamed.
Paul – A high standing Jew fighting against followers of Christ until Jesus met him on the way to Damascus. Transformed his life and put him on a mission to promote Jesus. He had been imprisoned in Philippi (Acts 16:23, 24), chased out of Thessalonica (Acts 17:10), smuggled out of Berea (Acts 17:14), laughed at in Athens (Acts 17:32), regarded as a fool in Corinth (1 Cor. 1:18, 23), and stoned in Galatia (Acts 14:19). But he is not ashamed…why?
Jesus – the world shamed Jesus His whole life
“Your not God.” “You have a demon.” The whole religious organization condemning and shaming Him. Rejected everywhere. One of his followers even betrays him. Beaten, humiliated, crucified, carried men’s sin, endured hatred.
Hebrews 12:2 looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, disregarding the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
What was set before Christ? What allowed Him to not be affected by the shaming of others. Joy of the victory over death – to bring salvation to followers of Christ. To defeat the death sentence of those bound by sin.
The focus of something in the future gave strength to Paul and Jesus to push off the effects of social and satanic shaming. Back to Romans 1:16-17 I am not ashamed ( Paul’s focus point is the gospel) because it is the power of God that brings salvation (future action) to everyone who believes.
What are you ashamed of? Do you need others approval?
If you are a Christian and are following GOD, you will feel others try to shame you and your walk with Christ. Focus on the future. Focus on ministry, family. Focus in the only hope for peace, and real life…the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Be bold, strong and receive your self worth through repentance and following Christ.
Let your lightnside reflect outside. Like the old song says “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’M GONNA LET IT SHINE.