The MessageBy PASTOR LUIS CARTAGENA,
Do not be ashamed
Many people don’t make certain decisions because they are afraid of what others will say. They prefer to remain silent while overlooking situations where their opinions would not be the same as others. Christians’ outward expressions of faith are often silent while trying not to be ugly in the face of a corrupted world while being dazzled by consumption and digital wonders.
God, however, has not given us a spirit of fear, or shyness. He gives power, love and dominion over difficulties and danger. “For God gave us a spirit not a fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God.” (II Timothy: 1:7-8 ESV) All have received gifts from God.
In the Scriptures we find an excellent example in Joshua about God’s will for us: “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7 ESV) We know Joshua had success because he was obedient and the Holy Spirit always led him without any doubt and fear. This message is valid for us also and is instructing us to go straight ahead, fearing not and being strong because we serve God. We need to leave our comfortable area and follow the message of the Great Commission because it is mandatory. The Holy Spirit helps us understand that we live in a continuous battle against God’s adversary and, bit by bit, God’s truth must be pushed forward. The only way to push it is a belief in Jesus Christ regarding Himself and going ahead with the truth revealed in the gospel.
During this warfare we cannot be ashamed or afraid of confronting the enemy. Any mistake satisfies our adversary and can hurt the mission. If we are silent or hiding in a comfortable room, it appears that we are afraid to give a testimony about Jesus in our lives. You should understand in this case that whoever is ashamed to share the gospel is not free indeed and you are tied to the sin of omission. Whoever is ashamed of the gospel is ashamed of Christ. “The most marvelous testimony to the Gospel is a holy man, one whose living experience reveals what God can do.” (O. Chambers) Today’s personal communication in a “wired world” is still difficult but our relationship with others is important, especially when their faith is weak and we have a mission to accomplish.
May God bless you.