“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.”
What do we worry people might find out about us? We all have our ‘guilty’ pleasures, the things we do or think that we would never reveal. One thing which should never be in this category is our faith. If you’re a follower of Christ, then be proud and declare it openly! We have no shame believing in Christ; it’s those who have yet to give their hearts to Him who live with the guilt and shame.
I’ve caught myself trying to downplay Who’s I am and what’s scary is it crept in on me. I’ve made excuses that I want people to get to know me better first, so they don’t write me off, and I never get a chance to share the Gospel with them. But if I’m not honest with who I am, if I don’t proudly claim my heavenly Father, then people don’t know me at all, my identity is in God.
My faith makes me who I am.
My faith gives me a reason to wake up in the morning.
My faith gives me hope for life after death.
God is my heavenly Father, Jesus is my best friend, and the Holy Spirit is my coach. Without them, without Him, I am completely lost. If 22 (almost 23) years has taught me anything, it’s that God is everything, and the best choice I can make is to live for Him. Openly. I will declare Him on a daily basis, telling of my love for Him, my faith and belief in Him.
When Jesus died on the cross, before the third day when he rose again, the disciples went into hiding. When He finally sees them all together (when He proves He’s alive to Thomas) He finds them locked up in one of their houses. They forgot He told them He was going to come back, and they allowed fear to keep them inside.
I don’t want to find myself behind a locked door. I know and believe He’s coming back. While I wait for that I’m going to tell others about Him and the what He’s done for me, what’s He’s done for all of us.
…”And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14