This Gospel Won’t Embarrass.

”For am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jews first and also for the Greeks.” Rom. 1:16

Have you ever been ashamed of something? We have all been ashamed of or disappointed by someone or something at one point in time or the other.

Now, feeling of shame or disappointment comes whenever we are let down by someone or something we held in high esteem or trusted. Whenever people we trusted act in a way we least expected, the feeling of shame sets in. After you have boasted so much about a thing or someone and at the time you least expected something contrary happens, you feel ashamed and begin to show signs of regret.

We all know what Paul was before his conversion. He was a man who persecuted the Church. He was a man who believed that the Law of Moses was of a higher standing than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Against his persuasion, he saw nothing good about the gospel and the Church. All that Paul had for the gospel and the Church was a sense of hatred, which spurred him to do everything within his means to destroy the Church.

But for him to make this strong statement after his conversion demonstrated his strong association with the gospel of Jesus Christ, which he persecuted. This association no doubt built in him a strong reliance, trust, assurance or confidence in the gospel. He had become so certain about the ability (power) of the gospel that he could lay his life for it.

Paul had seen his own life changed by this gospel. Hehad seen the lives of others changed by this gospel. Diverse healing and miracles had taken place on account of this gospel. Things humanly impossible made possible by this gospel! With all that he had seen happen through this gospel, he said he was not ashamed—embarrassed—let down by the gospel of Jesus Christ. He close association with the gospel had made him even stronger—he was sure about it—he was confident he would never be disappointed by the preaching of the gospel.

As I said in my opening, we feel ashamed or embarrassed when our expectations about someone or something are not meet. In my closing, I make it bold to say that if you can trust the gospel of Jesus Christ enough, you will never be ashamed of it—this gospel will never embarras you—it will never let you down.

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God’s Righteous Judgement

“Who will render to each one according to his deeds.” Rom. 2:6

Paul pointed out clearly that each one of us — believers and unbelievers alike …. will be judged according to our actions.

If this is true for I believe it is; everyone must obtain a self control valve. First Paul made it clear from Romans Chapter one that God’s judgement is being shown against all wicked people who suppress the truth with their wicked ways. Interestingly, Paul said that these people know the truth through God’s work of creation.

Rather than accept the truth, they gave themselves over to evil; they worshipped idols, engaged in shameful sexual acts, etc. For these reasons and many more, God abandoned them and handed them over to their foolish ways. Worse still, they knew that those who did those things deserved to die as it is today. They went on anyway without batting and eyelid and even encouraged others to do the same.

No one needs to be told that these people will definitely be judged by God’s standard.

However, it’s not sufficient to judge others. If you judge others for their sins yet you end up doing what they do, then you are in no way better than them.

God has been patient hoping that all will come to repentance for He does not take pleasure in the death of any sinner. Both sinners and believers will be judged, that is for sure. The sinner will be judged for his sins and the righteous for his righteous deeds in Christ.

But this is not to say God’s heart is closed against sinners. For that is the reason Christ died; that by Him all shall be saved. Anyone who repents shall be saved. However, if the righteous goes on sinning, he places himself against God’s stern judgement.

Knowing that salvation is not yet complete as long as we remain on earth, we must depend on God’s grace continuously and not judging others as the Pharasees did. For when we judge, we risk our place in God’s Kindgom. Let us be sober in all we do so that God Himself will honour us when He returns.

How Desperate Are You?

“And he cried out, saying, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.’ “ Luke 18:38

This is the story of a certain blind man who broke protocol to receive his healing. His name is not known neither was any mention made to give us an idea of how long he was blind. But from his action, I can say boldly that he had been blind for a long time.

His action shows a man who was now frustrated; a man who desired to do the basic things of life a man should do such as providing for his home. But because of his state, he was shut out.

No matter how much a blind man can go about with his stick, he cannot do most things for himself. Am yet to see a blind man operate a machine, drive a car or even ride a bicycle. Am yet to see one iron his clothes, cook. What do you think a blind man can do in times of emergency? How much can he help himself? As long as one remains blind, that person remains shut out of life. At least I should be able to appreciate the beauty of nature with my eyes! I should not need someone to tell me how beautiful my kids are! Now, that was his situation.

So, when the opportunity came he grabbed it. Despite the attempt by those around to quieten him, he shouted out the more. I feel him say to the crowd, “If you knew my situation you would not ask me to be quiet. Give me way for it is now or never.”

May I ask you: how desperate are you? Do you remember Hannah? How about the Syrophencian woman who desperately needed help for her daughter but was called a dog for asking for help?

All these people and more were not deterred by their situation, rather were propelled to break through life difficulties. Do you recall Esther? She said, “If I perish, then I perish.”

You must act now because your desperate situation requires that you do something drastic.