Are You Ashamed of Your Saviour?
It can be a daily struggle to live the Christian life. It is easy to bow to peer pressure and the jeers of the lost world, and even to people who profess to be Christians, but in all practicality, deny the Lord by their life. As Christians, we should be ashamed of our own sin (that needs to be confessed daily in order to maintain proper fellowship with our Lord – not to keep our salvation) but then we must continue daily to fight the good fight for the Saviour. We do not; however, have anything to be ashamed of in Jesus Christ. He is perfection. He is love incarnate and we should proclaim His love and salvation to a lost and dying world.
Not Ashamed of Christ?
As I sit in my pew during church,
It’s easy to agree with what’s said
To repeat “Amen” and “Praise the Lord”
Or simply agree, by a nod of the head.
Yet, leaving the church building,
My resolve just melts away.
What did cause my withdrawing?
Why was I in such a fray?
I thought I had all I needed
To fulfill the great commission,
But instead, working by myself
Was a cause for a great omission.
I was ashamed of my Lord that day –
And, oh, how many times in between –
I have denied the one who bought me,
As I perform my daily routine.
The boldness I needed so badly,
Was surely lacking from my effort.
I hadn’t the strength to sustain me;
In my spirit there was no comfort.
As I feasted on God’s Word at home,
I read of the Apostles’ boldness
And saw God’s power, and not their own,
Was the reason for their adeptness.
I saw how spending time with Jesus
Was what wrought such great victory:
Power to boldly speak forth God’s Word,
Regardless of government decree.
How I need to get alone with God,
And beseech Him for His power.
Without the strength He alone gives,
I can’t live for Him even an hour.
I don’t want to be ashamed of Christ –
The one who gave His all for me –
I want to live for Him day by day!
I want that great victory!
Going forth, but not on a whim,
To go out boldly and to proclaim;
Spending my life witnessing for Him,
That eternal life, others may gain.
So day by day, as I seek to please,
The one who died and rose for me,
I must spend time with Christ my Lord
If not ashamed of Him, I am to be.
Not Ashamed of Christ
December 29, 2003
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,……And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:29-31
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:19
According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. Philippians1:20
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:6
More Like the MasterÂ
Words: Charles H. Gabriel, 1906.
Music: âHanford (Gabriel),â? Charles H. Gabriel, 1906
More like the Master I would ever be,
More of His meekness, more humility;
More zeal to labor, more courage to be true,
More consecration for work He bids me do.
Take Thou my heart, I would be Thine alone;
Take Thou my heart, and make it all Thine own.
Purge me from sin, O Lord, I now implore,
Wash me and keep me Thine forevermore.
More like the Master is my daily prayer;
More strength to carry crosses I must bear;
More earnest effort to bring His kingdom in;
More of His Spirit, the wanderer to win.
More like the Master I would live and grow;
More of His love to others I would show;
More self denial, like His in Galilee,
More like the Master I long to ever be.