For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16 CSB https://bible.com/bible/1713/rom.1.16.CSB
I never again want to be ashamed of the gospel or my Lord Jesus Christ. I have not denied Him per se, but I have certainly remained mute when an opportunity was present to identify with Him. Peter was determined to stand with Jesus, even seeking to bring death to those who would arrest his Lord. Yet he denied Jesus before a slave girl three times because it was no longer reasonable to identify with Jesus. Praise the Lord Jesus forgives and restores. Peter died a martyr’s death, proving faithful in the end. Paul remained loyal and faithful because it was by identifying with the gospel that people became Christians, and people becoming followers of Jesus is the purpose of our lives. The Great Commission is the mission of every Christian, and it can’t happen without sharing the gospel. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. We must identify with Jesus in word and deed. Our deeds prove our words, but our words explain our deeds. People need to see Jesus through us and hear Jesus from us to become followers of Jesus. Let it be that we no longer live ashamedly of Jesus but live holy, loving, sacrificial servant lives that draw people to us to hear the good news of saving faith in Jesus, the only Savior.