by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday February 27, 2006
A Passion to Proclaim Him
What activities embarrass you? Maybe you feel uncomfortable singing in public or your face turns red when you are caught mumbling to yourself. Does talking about Jesus embarrass you? Staying quiet may seem safer than risking ridicule or being seen as a fanatic.
Unfortunately, silent believers waste their lives. We receive so many good things from God — forgiveness, healing, answers to prayer, and the Holy Spirit’s presence. The list could go on and on. Our favorite subject should be Jesus Christ and His transforming salvation.
The apostle Paul spoke freely of his great sin before redemption (Acts 26:12-18). He was a church persecutor transformed into Christ’s missionary by God’s grace. Nothing within Paul was worth saving, and he knew it. Consequently, the man never stopped publicly praising and proclaiming the Lord’s love.
Even with the magnitude of Paul’s sins, he received no greater measure of grace than any of us. We may have lived a moral life before receiving salvation, but sin still separated us from God. Believers sometimes neglect that truth and forget Jesus’ transforming power. Then we find ourselves too embarrassed or uncomfortable to share about the great change He made in our lives.
We might be tempted to think we are better than the sinning Saul, the unmarried couple living next door, or our atheistic professor. We are not. What separates “us” and “them” — believers and unbelievers — is the fact that we have received Jesus and they still need to hear our passionate proclamation of Him.
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