38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
A person’s true response to Jesus and His words cannot be completely and accurately discerned simply by observing what he says and does when he mixes and mingles with God’s children in the sanctuary. It is not the “Amen” to the preaching that proves how he feels about the truth of the message.
How we live in the presence of those who are obviously opposed to what we say we believe is what proves how we really feel. Our testimony in a church service is completely empty and worthless if our life does not bear it out.
Some people are proud to be apostolic when they are around other apostolics, but when they are in the arena where being apostolic bears a distinct stigma they are ashamed to let others know that they are apostolic.
To be ashamed of the “words” of Jesus (i.e., the apostolic message) is the same as being ashamed of Jesus Himself. That is why some don’t mind being known as “Christians” but don’t really like to be labeled “apostolic.”
How sad it would be to come face to face with Jesus Christ and hear him say, “I’m ashamed of you. You have brought shame and disgrace to My name; you have been a reproach to My kingdom.”
I want to live my life each day in such a way that Jesus Christ will never have a reason to be ashamed of me.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ…”
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Rev. Tim D. Cormier