When we fully understand the transforming power of God's Truth, we begin to realize how far the world is from God. Paul warns, "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness" (Romans 1:18).
The Gospel is a powerful message. But as long as Christians feel ashamed of the Gospel, we will never make an impact for God.
While we worship a loving God, our God is also just and righteous and will not allow the sinfulness of humanity to go unnoticed. We cannot satisfy God's requirement for righteousness, yet, as Scripture tells us, "This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe" (Romans 3:22). In God's mercy, even the most undeserving sinner can find forgiveness and salvation through Christ.
The Gospel is a powerful message. But as long as Christians feel ashamed of the Gospel, as long as we cower in fear instead of speaking boldly, as long as we live like those in darkness, we will never make an impact for God.
Have you been hiding God's Truth? Confess to God if you have been ashamed of the Gospel. Confess to Him the times you've kept quiet, the times you chose not to witness, the times you compromised your beliefs in order to fit in. Receive His forgiveness and, from the joy of His mercy and grace, proclaim His goodness to you through your words and actions.
Prayer: God, I pray today that the transforming power of the Gospel message would manifest itself in my life so that I may be a light in the darkness. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6).