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I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes:
first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. – Romans 1:16
Before leaving for our honeymoon after our wedding, we met up with some family at Starbucks (shocker, I know). It wasn’t until that point that we’d taken time to discuss our ceremony in detail.
Prior to our wedding day, we’d asked our pastor to present the Gospel message after we shared communion; what we did not know was he would also invite people to pray the salvation prayer.
I remember squeezing Ricky’s hand so tightly at the time – all I could think of was my (Jewish) family’s response and how offended they all probably felt; at the same time, it dawned on me that it might also be the only time any of them ever heard the Gospel message. Obviously, God must have directed our Pastor to speak the exact words he did; it was up to each individual to make a decision in their own hearts.
Later that night, I still had an unsettled feeling, and it was not until then that I realized I was still worried about offending people.
As Ricky and I stopped and prayed, Romans 1:16 came to mind. I will not be ashamed – the message of Jesus is a message for everyone, Jew and Gentile alike. We recognized it’s not enough to simply encourage other believers in their faith; we need to introduce unbelievers to the Lord as well. Never be ashamed of Christ and always have ready a reason to give others for the hope you have (1 Peter 3:15).
So you must never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord – 2 Timothy 1:8