“God never loses sight of our eternal potential, even when we do.”
Let’s face it, we live in a world where Christian values are just not that popular. Although it is extremely popular to claim being a Christian, it is not as popular to actually live it. It has become uncommon to live-out all of the Christian values we claim to have and to make our faith for God the center of who we are. And trust me, I know first hand that this can be intimidating. I know it is difficult completely giving your life over to the Lord, but with how many times we see the Lord filling His promises, why do we wait? Truly, I believe many become frightened when it gets Biblical, and they might give up right there. But why? Why are we all of a sudden fearful of living for our Savior? Why are we nervous to hand our life over to the One who gave His life for us? Why do we not want to see Him prove His Word to us when we see Him so graciously do it to others? I think it comes down to one thing: we are scared of judgment. We are very scared of acceptance and it startles us when we are criticized for our full-force faith rather than praised.
I have noticed some people in this generation living ashamed. Whether they are ashamed of what they have done, what they look like, where they’re at in life, their current spot in their faith, who they used to be, or what people think of them – they live ashamed. People are constantly living ashamed of things that no longer serve them, or are not in their control. Guilty as charged, I was like that and it really tore at my heart. But, if I think back to why I was stuck in the past and not focused on the present it was because I was ashamed. I was hesitant to change, and embarrassed that I needed to change. I was frightened I might not be accepted by society if I fully dove into my faith because that was not who I previously was. However, the crazy thing I didn’t realize was: I am already invited just as I am by the King of Kings. I am already accepted by the One who conquered all trials. And I am loved just as I am. Once I realized that I was already accepted by the Lord, and that where I was currently was not my destiny, I began the journey of self-acceptance which provided me with fulfilled promises and acceptance from people who were just like me: scared of the glory of God and the unknown.
Many Christians are often hesitant to display their views, and they have become embarrassed of how they personally view faith in the Lord. Newsflash: as long as you are pursuing your life through the Lord, you can never be wrong. No faith in the Lord can ever be judged if it is fully pursuing and living for Him. Rather than being shy about displaying your faith, try to fully dive into living for Him the way you feel suits you best. This society has made it WAY TOO prevalent to be upset with the season that they are in. And to me, that it is so disheartening. Seeing so many people unhappy with the way God is moving in their life is not only sad, but also unpromising. You see, God wants you to be confident right where you are at, trust in Him, and do not be embarrassed of your current situations. It actually is amazing because God loves us just how we are, right where we are at. He actually invites us to bring our worries to Him so He can give us hope and reveal His divine purpose! He wants us to live with confidence and be bold in everything we do.
Philippians 1:20-21 says “As it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
Wow. “…that with full courage now as always, Christ will be honored in my body” We are told to eagerly and bravely honor Christ in all we do. He says whether by life or death, and this does not have to just be literal, but can also mean in light or in darkness. I think it is so important that we try to live out Philippians 1:20-21 the best that we can. We are here to honor Christ with who we are, and always have the mindset that He will do us good in the end. No matter what our current circumstances are, we are told to keep Christ center, and the rest will follow. Paul states that we need to strive daily to keep Christ at the core of who we are. When Christ is the focus, everything else becomes clear and you begin to feel more confident with your current status, and more excited to move forward in life with the Lord!
Let’s embrace a lifestyle we are called to trust. Let’s begin living unashamed. Let’s start living freely for our God, who calls us to be confident. Let’s daringly embrace the gospel of Christ, which is the truth behind all of His promises. Let’s forget what society says about acceptance, because He is the only one worthy of any judging. I truly believe that it pays off to stand out. And I am a firm believer that new beginnings start with the Lord, nothing else. Being 100% unapologetically yourself in the name of Jesus is the most beautiful thing anyone can ever accomplish. And to achieve a Christ-centered life can be done many ways. Here are a few:
- Make Up Your Mind to Live Differently
- Find A Reason To Praise Your Way Through Every Season, Good and Bad
- Let God Take Over The Construction Of Your Life AND…..
- Recognize That Your History IS NOT Your Destiny
Today can be different. December 28th, 2017 can be the day you begin seeing yourself more in the eyes of God, and less in the eyes of humanity. Hope, enthusiasm, and compassion are 3 “God-things” we can experience daily if we are willing to let go of who we think we are, or who society calls us to be, and except who God knows we are. Make up your mind to see change alongside our Savior, and let Him do the rest. His plan is always greater than anything we could ever do alone, but only if we are spirited, strong, and firm in our values always.
With all that I am,
4 Times The Word of God Tells Us To Be Unashamed:
- 2 Timothy 1:8 – “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God”
- 1 Peter 4:16 – “…but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.”
- Romans 1:16-17 – “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. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
- Psalm 25:3 – “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.”