Walk With God: Unashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” [Romans 1:16a]

Demonstrating our love for God always seems so much easier on a Sunday when we are surrounded by a bunch of like-minded people, worshipping and praising Him. No guilt or embarrassment when we are being a Christian in Church.

Today has been Monday. Back to work. For us all the kids are back to Uni, College & School too. The pressure of the working week gains traction and for some us we are back to sitting next to ‘those’ people. Let’s not be too harsh, most are okay.  But then there are the gossipers, the moaners, the difficult, the rude, the overly-friendly and whatever other title we may give them.

Yet this is the call of every Christian. To live the resurrected life not just on a Sunday but every day. Therein lies the challenge because not everyone loves God the way we do. Some just think it’s a bit odd. Others are vehemently set against it.

To live unashamed is to live without guilt or embarrassment. It is live with a willingness to be honest and open about the very fact Jesus is placed at the very centre of our existence, the reason we behave in a certain fashion and make decisions in the way we do.

In living this way we represent our Saviour well. Not perfect but showing off the growing of our Christ-like characteristics. Making a difference wherever we are, in every sphere of life. Praying for them every day too. And we do so that others may begin to trust us, call on us, to seek opportunity for us to serve them and then, when the timing is right to be able to share our stories.

This is the resurrected life. The complete life in Christ. It is the life Paul knew so well as someone who had been forgiven much and was willing to give his every breath for. The great exchange of the cross of Jesus Christ had set him free from his past. The shame placed on Jesus removed the shame we have placed on ourselves. An old life exchanged for a new one.

This week, take some time to thank God for all He has done for you, how he was unashamed and because of this our own shame has been removed. Pray and ask for His help to live your own life unashamed of this good news and see what a difference it can make.

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Walk With God: Moments

An encounter with God can change everything. From a biblical point of view, an encounter with God can be a name changer moment.

Just ask Jacob. He was alone, waiting to head into an uncertain future, one which he had created through his own scheming, deceit and manipulation. He had lived up to his name.

Now, in the dark, alone, frustrated, anxious, lost, at the end of this own options and probably a little bit fearful too, God shows up.

In a moment, with God, everything changes. As it was for Jacob, so it can be for us. God can show up, in that moment.

A moment of acknowledgement. To stop living independently, working life out own my own, with my best laid plans and have a willingness to give depending on God a chance.

A moment of recognition. To see the power of God is at work in your life and His heart is to want to bless you.

A moment of acceptance. Of the person we think we are, the name we or others may have spoken over us and accepting who God thinks you are. Just as Jacob had to answer ‘What’s your name?’ so do we. Once we accept this, the transformation can happen.

A moment of exchange. Simply this, an old name for a new one.

A moment of wrestling. A stretch in our thinking, why we are here, what life is all about, how we should live and who we should live it for.

Rescued. Restored. Redeemed. Transformed. Delivered. Made whole.

The opportunity for a name-changer moment is always available, ever since Jesus did a complete work for us at the cross. Through that one moment, our moment can come.

From captive to free. From lost to found. From old to new. From guilty to forgiven. From unloved to loved. From weak to strong. From broken to whole. Right there in the moment of change is our story, the beginning of a journey of transformation, into the person who Jesus knows we can become.

How does that make you feel?