“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.”
Romans 1:16 NLT
Paul was not ashamed because his message was the Good News about Christ. It was a message of salvation, it had life-changing power, and it was for everyone. When you are tempted to be ashamed, remember what the Good News is all about. If you focus on God and on what God is doing in the world rather than on your own inadequacy, you won’t be ashamed or embarrassed.
Why did the message go to the Jews first? They had been God’s special people for more than 2,000 years, ever since God chose Abraham and promised great blessings to his descendants (Genesis 12:1-3). God did not choose the Jews because they deserved to be chosen (Deuteronomy 7:7-8; 9:4-6) but because he wanted to show his love and mercy to them, and through them his Messiah would come into the world. God chose them, not to play favorites, but so that they would tell the world about his plan of salvation.
For centuries the Jews had been learning about God by obeying his laws, keeping his festivals, and living according to his moral principles. Often they would forget God’s promises and laws; often they would have to be disciplined; but still they had a precious heritage of belief in the one true God. Of all the people on earth, the Jews should have been the most ready to welcome the Messiah and to understand his mission and message—and some of them did (see Luke 2:25, 36-38). Of course, the disciples and the great apostle Paul were faithful Jews who recognised in Jesus God’s most precious gift to the human race. (Tyndale study Bible)
Yes just like the Bible says, when God chose Abrahams he chose the Jewish nation to represent Him. It’s through that Nation Jesus was given to us. We might think that all Jews don’t recognise Jesus. You see that is not true. The disciples and the great apostle Paul recognised Jesus. God’s most precious gift to the world. That’s where Christianity started.
The important thing today is all we have to do is accept Jesus as our Lord and saviour. It’s not important what happened in the past. The critical event is Jesus the Good news. There is nothing to be ashamed of.
I can’t stop talking about what a difference the Good News made in my life. As Christians, it would be a real shame if we don’t tell our world about the Good News. Don’t forget that is our mandate. Very important is that this message is available to every person in this world. A big job for us to spread the Good news. Don’t think you can’t do anything you will be surprised what even the smallest little thing can mean. Just go out and touch your world.
It reminds me, the disciples asked Jesus who was the greatest amongst them? And Jesus answered he who serves most. All you have to do is serve, and you will be great.
“Lord I pray that I will serve unconditionally. I will not be ashamed. In Jesus Name. Amen.”