The key verse to understanding the entire epistle of Romans is found in Romans 1:16. Here, Paul declares that he is not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.
Today, the reason so many churches are blessing same-sex marriage, neglecting the call to evangelism, approving other "paths" to God, and preaching self-help instead of the doctrines of sin and salvation is because they have not taken this verse to heart. They are ashamed of the Gospel, so they change it and redefine it—blunting the two-edged sword of God's Word and deactivating its power. And our society is reaping the consequences.
The call on your life and mine is to remain unashamed of the Gospel.
My friend, the call on your life and mine is to remain unashamed of the Gospel, to lovingly lift high the Truth of our Savior, and to trust Him with our lives. All of us will, at one time or another, be tempted to hide our light under a basket. In fact, as you seek to serve and witness for Christ more and more, this temptation may become even stronger.
Satan will try to convince you that it's not worth the effort. Beloved, stand firm in that evil day! Remember that it is the Gospel that breaks the iron yoke of sin, shatters the chains of addictions, and flings open the heavy gates of darkness. May God grant us each the grace and understanding to remain unashamed.
Have you had moments when you wanted to hide your light before others? Ask God for courage to be a faithful witness.
Prayer: Father, forgive me for the times when I have been afraid to speak Your Truth. Help me to exercise faith and lovingly and boldly share the Gospel. Let me be unashamed of Your Good News. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile" (Romans 1:16).