Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE SHAME

There is no shame like the shame a man will have when he stands before Jesus Christ and comes face to face with the truth of his sinful life. At that moment a man will be confronted with all the lies he has told himself. For all of the times he rejected the truth and for all the times he denied his need to draw near to God he will at this time he will be ashamed.

"Now, little children,... abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming." 1 John 2:28

Those who have walked with Christ and did abide in Him there will be no shame or lack of confidence on that day. For the Christian there will be joy at His coming.

Abide in Christ and the teachings of Christ. John says, "As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father." 1 Jn 2:24.

To abide in Christ requires a certain steadfastness of faith. There are false teachers who would pervert the doctrine of Christ. They would move Christians from the truth by preaching error about Christ. Don't believe them, but remain in Christ.

Men commit sins and act as if they won't be caught or have to account for them. But it's a rare day that men aren't found out. The shame when men are caught in adultery terrifying, gut wrenching, and brings a remorse that can last for a lifetime. When men are caught in lies or when they commit crimes, the exposure and public scrutiny is sometimes unbearable. Man reaps what he sows. And what he reaps is shame on him, his name, and upon his family. We should give thought to what we are doing.

But even the worst of sinners can be forgiven. John says change can happen and shame can be covered if we abide in Christ. The forgiveness of Jesus Christ is like this. Someone once reminded me that judgment day for a Christian will be a judgment, but it will not be embarrassing because God will open the book of deeds and see every sin blotted out and gone. There will no shame for the follow of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said, "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mk 8:38. Being ashamed in Christ is being ashamed to wear His name and ashamed to represent Him in the world. Out of fear of judgment from men, some will cower and be silent when they should be speaking up for Christ.

Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel..." Rom 1:16. Are we ashamed to be known as Christian? Do we rarely speak of our faith because, "it just not what I do"? Is prayer hard because it's embarrassing? An invisible Christian is not a Christian at all. If the world can shame us to into silence, then we are ashamed of the Gospel. 

Where do you abide or dwell? Some are so firmly planted and invested in this world that true discipleship is a distant thing to them. Only if they repent and turn will they be confident on the day of Christ. Today will you abide in Christ? Will you abide in His Word?  Sincerely, Dan

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