We log on to Facebook, and we share a picture about hunting. We share a funny cartoon about there being no cashiers working at Wal-Mart. We share a status about our favorite sports team. We share tons of posts and pictures regarding politics. Then, we see that blog post, or sermon link, or Bible verse post. We look at it. We read it. We scroll on down. Why will we tell the world about ducks, shopping, the Broncos, and Obama, and yet are so unwilling to share anything about the God of Heaven, His Son, or His Holy Spirit? It is that we, to some degree, are ashamed?
In the key verse of Romans (1:16), Paul said he was not ashamed. Though there may be a lot of reasons that could be mentioned of why we do not share the Gospel, this may be the number one reason. The one who does nothing, even though they believe strongly, is ashamed. Why was Paul not ashamed?
1. The Rundown of the Gospel. There were three components of the Gospel that made Paul not ashamed of it. First, the Person of the Gospel - Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died for me. Second, the Power of the Gospel - Salvation for me, though undeserved. And interesting to note it is THE power of God. It is not A power of God. There are not other forces at work that can bring about the salvation of men’s souls. Third the Purpose of the Gospel - The opportunity to being all men into a relationship with God. He wants all to be saved (I Tim. 2:4). Thus, the Gospel is to be preached to all (Mk. 16:15-16). Calvinism is wrong!
2. The Readiness for the Gospel. These three reasons are why Paul was "the ready man." Paul says he was ready to preach the Gospel. He says he was ready to suffer for the sake of the Gospel. He says he was ready to spend and be spent for the sake of the Gospel. He even says he was ready to die for the Gospel.
3. The Revelation of the Gospel. How did God reveal how someone can be righteous? By the Gospel. He is really talking about justification. The justification of God is revealed so we would know it is the idea of what he is talking about. It is not talking about God, but what He is doing for is in the Gospel. This is something that comes from God - Only He can do this.
Whether it is through email, Facebook, one-on-one, or in the pulpit, are we ashamed of the Gospel? Are we able to talk about the weather, sports, and our work, but not the Good News about God's saving grace shown through Christ? May it never be so. May we, like Paul, not be ashamed, but alway be ready to preach the Gospel!