If you know me at all, then you should know good and well my life verse, why? Well, it is tattooed on my calf. The verse is found in Romans 1, verse 16, “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.”
Unashamed – expressed or acting openly and without guilt or embarrassment.
I cannot even begin to tell you how many Christians “act” like Christians but are too embarrassed to express their faith in actual words. You see, it takes a combination of both words and actions to be an effective disciple maker. It is straight-up idiotic to assume that people are going to convert to Christianity simply by observing your good works.
Wow, he held the door for me, he must be a Christian. Now, I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and if I believe in God alone will I be saved.
I am certain that this is not how we share the gospel, nor is it presented this way anywhere in the Bible. If it were, then all of the “good” non-Christians would be converting people more effectively than the Christians themselves.
Think of a row boat with two paddles… If you only row the left one you will begin to move in circles, and if you only row the right one then you will also only move in circles. However, if you row both in sequence then you will begin to go in a straight line and begin moving towards your destination. A person who only acts like a Christian is like a boat with one paddle, they may put in a lot of effort to live a certain way, but their ministry is ineffective. They simply move in circles. The other paddle represents the verbalization of the gospel and sharing it with others, but if you only row with that paddle your boat will again just move in circles, and your ministry will be ineffective. However, when the paddles are rowed together, with a healthy balance of living and speaking out the gospel, your boat will move toward its rightful destination which is disciple-making.
We are absolutely able to share the gospel through our actions and the way we handle ourselves in public. People should be able to see something different in us and desire to know what that difference is. You see, the gospel transforms the heart, and if the heart is truly transformed then it will cause an overflow in ACTIONS and SPEECH.
My tattoo serves as a reminder to me to live everyday unashamed, and to never live a moment as if I were embarrassed of what God has done for me. It is part of our human nature to not want to be offensive to people. However, in a worldly sense, the gospel is very offensive. No matter your opinion on tattoos (we can talk about that later), it has been a fantastic conversation starter and God has used it to save many lives.
“For the Lord GOD helps Me, Therefore, I am not disgraced; Therefore, I have set My face like flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.”
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.”
“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.”