“I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved—the Jew first, and then people everywhere! This gospel unveils a continual revelation of God’s righteousness—a perfect righteousness given to us when we believe. And it moves us from receiving life through faith, to the power of living by faith. This is what the Scripture means when it says: ‘We are right with God through life-giving faith!’”
Romans 1:16-17 TPT
I think somewhere deep down, humanity is groaning for righteousness, and at our core we desire something holy. I know that sounds hard to believe, because when we look at the world around us we see the opposite of holiness. We see sin. We see a broken people who seem to want nothing to do with the Father. Even in my own heart, I consistently sin and separate myself from life-bringing righteousness. But here’s the reality. We are made in the image of the Father. Even those who haven’t recognized God’s presence yet, and would call themselves unbelievers, are made in the image of the Father. That’s why we, as a society, celebrate things like charity, helping our fellow man, and hard work. Because whether we recognize it or not, we are made in the image of the Father. I say all that to say this: People are ready to hear the gospel. It’s our job to tell them.
The passage above is a letter Paul wrote to the Romans, and I love how he opens this thought. “I refuse to be ashamed of sharing the wonderful message of God’s liberating power unleashed in us through Christ! For I am thrilled to preach that everyone who believes is saved—the Jew first, and then people everywhere!” This is such a great reminder, because a lot of times I look at evangelism as a burden. I become fearful. I’ll think of all the negative ramifications: “What if it hurts our relationship?” or “What if I say the wrong thing, and it gets awkward?” But here is what Paul says: I REFUSE to be ashamed, and I am THRILLED to preach. I want so badly for that to be my heart.
Here’s why. People are ready. Like I stated earlier, there is a groaning for righteousness. The same people who are made in the image of God are hungry for His truth, whether they recognize it yet or not. It’s our responsibility to take the Word of God to them. And like Paul said, it’s not time to be ashamed but thrilled.