January 9, 2018

I AM NOT ASHAMED 

Romans 1:16–17

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The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the...

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith,1 as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”2

Footnotes

[1] 1:17 Or beginning and ending in faith
[2] 1:17 Or The one who by faith is righteous shall live

I AM NOT ASHAMED 



Central Truth

The gospel has the power to change lives, not just for the Jew or Gentile, but for you and me. Praise God! 

Devotional | Romans 1:16–17

It was a warm evening, as most are in Texas, and we were at a family friend’s house. I was about 8 years old. We had already eaten dinner, so the kids went out front to play while the adults talked inside....

It was a warm evening, as most are in Texas, and we were at a family friend’s house. I was about 8 years old. We had already eaten dinner, so the kids went out front to play while the adults talked inside. We were playing the classic game of hide-and-seek. I’ve never been a fast runner, so I prided myself in finding some really great hiding places in order to be any good at the game. This particular evening, I decided a small tree would be just the spot for me. So up I climbed, and I waited to make my escape back to base. Well, that escape came quicker than I had planned because I fell out of the tree. The details are blurry to me now, but one thing that isn’t blurry is that I had ripped my pants on the way down. Now, this was not just any rip; this was from my waist band down to the back of my knee. I was so embarrassed that I ran inside to quietly tell my mom what had happened. And what would any loving mother do? She laughed at me! She then made me turn around so she could take a picture! I was beyond mortified.

Though this event was embarrassing, and I have many more, I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ that allows me to be unashamed in my faith. These two verses are a major theme for all of Romans, and while I might feel pressure to explain this part of Scripture precisely, I think Paul has done a great job in laying it out for us. The gospel is powerful, simple, for all who believe, and important.

I am sure I will be embarrassed many more times about something, or I will sin in a way that I’m ashamed of. But knowing that I get to believe in God who sent His Son to die on a cross for my sins and then raise Him up so that I could spend eternity with Him in heaven is something I could never be ashamed of.

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Bio | Kelsey Inman

As I sit here writing my devotional, it is 90 degrees in October, and I love it. Thinking about this being published in January during the middle of winter makes me a little sad. But here is the good news: there are only 71 days until the first day of spring! 

Discussion Questions

1. What's the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you that you're willing to share?

2. Is there a time when you were unashamed of the gospel and were able to live out your faith? How can you make that a daily reality?

3. Expand on how you see the gospel as powerful, simple, for all who believe, and important.

37 Comments available

William Breazeale 2 days ago

Oh to not be ashamed of the gospel…I pray that each day I can live this truth out!

cory williams 5 days ago

  1. Is there a time when you were unashamed of the gospel and were able to live out your faith? How can you make that a daily reality?

Patrick Gibbons 6 days ago

Thank you and blessings to you @HopeHarris! These comments are so full of wonderful encouragement, and two particularly I want to encourage right back. I am blessed by your story of witness @LindaAland and and your pursuit of faith and Truth @JamesRener (Welcome!)

Andi Guevara 7 days ago

The gospel so important bc it is the means by which we become saved. It is the means to which a broken relationship with God becomes restored. It is so simple bc believing in Christ isn’t rocket science. There are no loops to jump through, there is nothing you need “to do” or money that needs to exchange hands to have eternal life. It is by believing, having faith, and confessing with your lips that you believe Jesus rose from the dead. Lastly the gospel is so powerful bc init lies the power to transform even the most wretched heart, allowing that person to become a new creation in Christ regardless of their past. The gospel is for those who need a hundredth “second chance”.

Angie Mosier 7 days ago

Love this Kels. My life is one embarrassing moment after the next. But I’ve learn to own it:). Happy birthday dear friend. What a treat it was for me to work with you and to see every day that you are not ashamed of the gospel.

Autumn Zevely 7 days ago

  1. I feel unashamed and unapologetic. I share when I feel it is the right time (meaning as the conversation moves toward that). 3. Welp, if He can love me, He can love anyone! I love that he recklessly loves all of me and that I don’t have to get cleaned up. Moreso, I love that I have a relationship with Him.

Greg Jones 7 days ago

Question #3. Expand on how you see the gospel as powerful, simple, for all who believe, and important.-Loved unconditionally, simple. Love unconditionally, important. Powerful when believed. Powerful when applied.

Autumn Zevely 7 days ago

  1. I’m not sure the most embarrassing, but a co-worker would always ask me questions and he was a bit ADD in trying to get my attention while I was in the middle of an intense project, I responded “Just a minute baby!” the way I normally respond to my daughter. My face turned bright red as did his, and I apologized only making it worse telling him that is what I say to my daughter when she is bugging me to watch her.

CATRICE HINES 7 days ago

I can remember a time when I was NOT ashamed to share the gospel or talk about Jesus. I don’t know what happened. Life’s circumstances…probably prayers not answered the way I thought they should be answered. I want to return back to the boldness and overflowing joy that I had in ministry, sharing the love of Christ and bringing others to Christ.

Michael Davidson 7 days ago

When I was a deputy in Dallas, I would have a Christian station on in my patrol car and this one time I was taking this kid to jail, he asked me if that was Christian music playing and if I was a believer. Of course I told him yes to both and he told me of a time before that he was in jail and His food was taken from him by another inmate. He was scared of this happening again or something worse. Well, before I took him in, I got the chance to share His love for us and I prayed with him. It was an eye opening experience that I could do my job and still get to share God’s love for us. It was awesome!

Linda Aland 7 days ago

I grew up Jewish and I did not expect or even think about what trusting Christ would do to my family, my reputation in the Jewish community or what all of my friends might think of my choice. I had a rude awakening. People either considered me a traitor or insane, as my family had been very well connected in the Jewish community. I was considered a “shonda,” which is the Yiddish word for disgrace. But I was not and I am not ashamed of the gospel - the good news - of Jesus. Through my certainty and by circumstances that God allowed to speak of Jesus to two Jewish friends who have since trusted Christ.

Patricia Simmons 7 days ago

Question #1. During our wedding over 40 years ago I spoke my vows when it was actually my husband’s turn. I guess you could say I was ready but this faux pas (and it was really embarassing!) is just that, a minor thing when compared to being ashamed of the Gospel. The Lord has given me everything, so why would I be embarassed to share His good name? When we compare the trivial things of life that we make so big to the biggest gift of God we are afraid to share, it really makess our failure to speak a big deal. May I never be ashamed of the one who has never been so ashamed of me that He would not again take up the cross for my concern. Praise be to Jesus! Love you, Kelsey!!!

Georgia Littlejohn 7 days ago

Thank you for the bio. Spring in 71 days put a smile on my face. Embarrassment seems to follow me. I’m 55 with the heart of a child. Some say that is a good thing. IDK about that. I’m listened to “Even If by Mercy Me” and I love the message. Since starting Romans I find myself crying while doing the study. I have belief and faith. I’m ashamed that I have not been in Gods word in so long. I go to church and listen to Christian music but it’s not enough. Thank you for today’s lesson.

James Rener 7 days ago

I am new to Watermark, or to Church at all for that matter. Growing up, my Family did not attend Church. It wasn’t until 3 months ago that I sought out Church, and had a desire to become a Believer in Christ. Since I have, there has been a passionate Fire burning with desire to grow in my Faith with the Lord. I am so Blessed that God chose Watermark to be my new Home, and Family that will help to guide me to become the Disciple He created me to be. It is by His grace that He lead me out of darkness and into Light. Thank You Watermark, I hope everyone has a Blessed week.

Theron Smentek 7 days ago

I love what happens in Romans. It really is as if there was some sort of dialogue and Paul is basically doing both parts. He lays out the Gospel, calls his fellow laborers and “servants” and then responds to an unwritten objection. As if to say " I know the Gospel could be offensive, however, it’s the saving power of God!" How can we be ashamed at sharing that? It’s a fantastic reminder anytime I am motivated not to share-it re orientates my focus for sure! For after all, it’s salvation and righteousness revealed!

Alma Barber 7 days ago

According to Galatians 2:20, Our lives have been crucified and are no longer ours. As Christians, we can so easily get off track in our walk with the Lord, when we make living about us, instead of Him. When we discover who we truly are in Christ, we will no longer live for the approval of others. And shame will no longer lord it over us. When the idol of approval has been crucified with Christ, and crushed under the power of the gospel, we will freely and unapologetically share the good news that because of Jesus, all who are lost can be found! and all who are blind will be able to see. Let the redeemed of the Lord…say so!

Hope Harris 8 days ago

@PatrickGibbons Great to see your name on JTJ

Ryan Talbot 8 days ago

Love this brief commentary Kelsey! So much to unpack indeed, and wonderful job summing it up! Apt illustration and call to rest in the accomplished work of Christ. Way to go!

Lindsey Juarez 8 days ago

When I started coming back to church three years ago, I thought sharing the gospel was not one of my spiritual gifts. I’m an introvert, and I have to force myself to be sociable with strangers. But then the church began studying the book of Acts, and I soon realized that sharing the gospel was not something reserved for the most outgoing Christians; it is something anyone who has trusted in God’s saving grace is called to do. I have plunged myself out of my comfort zone through sharing the gospel with strangers, co-workers, friends and even people in other countries. When I meet new people today, they are often shocked to hear that I’m an introvert. God is truly changing my personality and my natural tendencies so I can spread His good news.

Michael Scaman 8 days ago

In the example of Habbakkuk 2:4 the wicked were proud and their desires rested on wrong things, the righteous in contrast sounded more humbled and lived by faith even through apparent losses and defeats as big ones were coming in Habbakkuk. A transforming humbling faith and a faith that endures through trials.

Abigail Voorhees 8 days ago

I like question #2 too! Reminds me of JP’s phone call example between one of us and Paul. Paul made no excuse it seemed to share the gospel, but yet we stop at the thought of it being awkward or embarrassing. Thanks for the devo, great reminder to start today looking for opportunities to share the gospel, “the power.”

Lisa Olsen 8 days ago

Thank you, Kelsey! May we not be ashamed, but boldly share the Gospel and live it out before others.

Kristi Lichtenberg 8 days ago

Thinking about how we can be unashamed of the outcome when we share the gospel, too, because the gospel is the power to change lives but I do not. Sometimes when a loved one rejects Christ or walks away from faith, I can get discouraged and introspective to the point of shame. But that doesn’t align with this passage. Thank you for focusing our attention on the simplicity and greatness of this truth!

Robert Owens 8 days ago

Thank yo Kelsey - so much said in so few words.

Patrick Gibbons 8 days ago

Though I grew up going to church, and never doubted the stories of Jesus, it wasn’t till my 30s that I gained understanding of what the Gospel (the good news) really meant, and that it was ultimately relevant to daily life -the most important thing in life, in fact. I got lit on fire in my faith and my sharing. I realize things in the world and life events and our own sin nature can dull us over time. This is a great passage to memorize and with which to refresh yourself. Step out and share what God has done in your life!

Patrick Gibbons 8 days ago

Though I grew up going to church, and never doubted the stories of Jesus, it wasn’t till my 30s that I gained understanding of what the Gospel (the good news) really meant, and that it was ultimately relevant to daily life -the most important thing in life, in fact. I got lit on fire in my faith and my sharing. I realize things in the world and life events and our own sin nature can dull us over time. This is a great passage to memorize and with which to refresh yourself. Step out and share what God has done in your life!

Christopher Hyland 8 days ago

Thanks Kelsey, How can we be ashamed of the greatest gift ever given! God Himself came to earth as a man to rescue us in the midst of our sin and depravity!! I AM NOT ASHAMED…but how many times do I shy away fro telling someone about God’s goodness. How many times am I reticent to start that conversation with a complete stranger. My prayer is to be even more bold in sharing the good news of the Gospel

Michael Scaman 8 days ago

Even in Habbukkuk’s vision the faith seemed transforming. The wicked and treacherous Chaldeans were puffed up and violent BUT the righteous live by their faith (in the early chapters of Habakkuk leading into Hab 2:4)

Michael Scaman 8 days ago

Lately I been singing gospel songs to my mom over the phone because she can’t move or talk anymore. I don’t really care who hears them. And I find short things to read like ‘what is my only comfort in life and death’ from Heidleburg

Hope Harris 8 days ago

Kelsey, thanks for the very visual explanation of being embarrassed/ashamed. Interesting over the las t few months I have been learning a great deal about the relationship of shame and anger. One of the key things I have discovered is shame has to do with one’s personhood/identity. Paul knew who he was and whose he was; in-turn he was confident in the gospel.

Sue Bohlin 8 days ago

Hi Kelsey! I hope you’re still around when you marry and become a mom so you can share what it’s like to be on the mother side of laughing at your kids . . .! grin Thanks for your devo. What struck me about the idea of not being ashamed of the gospel is that it is one of the fruits of developing an eternal perspective. When we see the big things as the big things, we’re able to see the little, inconsequential things for what they are. Seeing the incredible value and power of the gospel because of an eternal perspective makes it much easier not to be ashamed of something so valuable and so powerful.

Ted Mattos 8 days ago

Ok, I hit enter too soon. :slight_smile: Thanks for the message, Kelsey. I’m too often ashamed of the Gospel. Of spreading the Word with others. I have found it’s much easier online than in person. But then I’m reminded that that is okay. God isn’t upset with me for sharing it online. He’s glad I’m sharing it! And with His help and courage, I will share it in person as well!

Ted Mattos 8 days ago

Great devotional, thank you Kelsey! I struggle with sharing the Gospel. All. The. Time. I ask g

Brent Voorhees 8 days ago

I love your second question, Kelsey! It makes me consider my motives for sharing the gospel - which easily can make me feel ashamed, or rather be unashamed. When I consider the gospel of God has the power to bring salvation to everyone who believes, the feeling of shame disappears as I take hold of God’s power. But whenever I share because “I am supposed to,” or “because this person needs to hear it,” my motives begin to be me centered, and shame and doubts creep in as I rely on my own power.

Lindsey Driscoll 8 days ago

Thanks Kelsey for encouraging us to be unashamed! Unashamed of the change thegospel brinbns because of the Power of God, which is shown many ways but strongly through Christ’s death. Again, 1:16 Paul tells the Romans and tells us: The Gospel is for everyone!

Hugh Stephenson 8 days ago

What does “ashamed” mean and how does it apply to me? The greek word is epaischynomai; to feel shame for something. I chuckle at myself because this is really simple. “Hey Hugh, ashamed means ashamed. Get out of your head and get into the reality that you are not comfortable sharing the gospel all the time and with everyone.” Ouch. Way too often the opinions of others affect my actions. Would I be willing to be yelled at 99 times if I could find one person whose life would change by hearing how much God loved them? Ouch again. My greatest fear is my greatest need – to be fully known. My prayer today - “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” Luke 9:23

Amy Merritt 8 days ago

Love this verse because it reminds me that the power of God brings salvation not me or my words. If I live by faith and believe the gospel, allow it to transform my life sharing the hope of the world with others is not hard. It’s not scary to me because God holds the power that changes hearts who believe, my job is to be a light, speak truth and love to those that haven’t heard it or haven’t trusted in it. What a huge honor to be able to share that with others. It’s what I’m called to do, Go and tell. (Mark 5:19, Ps 66:16)

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