I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL
In the apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, he announced his readiness to visit them and preach the gospel. He got his desire towards the end of his life, though not as he probably planned. For he was brought to Rome in chains, having appealed to Caesar. Yet for two years, he faithfully preached to all those who visited him while he was under house arrest in Rome, awaiting trial.
Ultimately, the Roman emperor, Nero, had Paul beheaded. But Paul was not ashamed to die for preaching the gospel. For he knew that God had given him eternal life and that one day, he would be raised with Christ.
Today is my 62nd birthday. I plan to celebrate it by preaching the gospel at both Sunday services at our Wilson campus today. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge this annual milestone than to offer the gift of eternal life to others. Perhaps someone will hear and believe today, and so this will become their birthday too.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for all who believe. Strengthen us then to preach it fully and faithfully this day and every day that You give us. In Jesus’ name, amen.