Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like people display less shame for the wrong things they do these days. When we do something wrong, we should feel badly about what we did. But it seems like people are not ashamed as much as they try to defend themselves or make excuses.
How much more should we as Christians not be ashamed for doing what is right, honoring God, and following Him?! How much more should we be unashamed of calling Christ our Savior and Lord? Paul felt this way: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16).
In the same way, let’s be real: it’s not exactly the popular thing today to follow Christ. Even in Jesus’s day, many in authority didn’t view Him very favorably, and there were risks to following Him. So in Luke 9:26, He said, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” Jesus wanted His disciples to not be ashamed of Him or His teachings and to passionately obey everything He taught them. He wanted them to unashamedly live for Him and tell others about His glory and goodness.
There are plenty of things that we may feel ashamed of, but following Jesus shouldn’t be one of them. In fact, Peter said in 1 Peter 4:16, “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.” Therefore, we need to change our perspective: it’s an honor to be a Christ-follower, and it’s even more of an honor to suffer for being a Christian. When we are teased, attacked, or hurt for following Christ, we do not need to be ashamed; rather, we should rejoice that we are His and He is ours. Let’s decide to live lives that are not ashamed of Christ or His name.
First Peter 4:13 “But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”