I’ve not always been what most in this world would call successful.
In fact, I’m not sure the Body of Christ is defining success correctly.
By the standards of many, I’m still probably not counted as successful. Though what I have been is consistent in ministry. I’ve learned a whole about myself and my ministry perspective continues to improve since I began in 1994.
The older I get, the more I’m comfortable with being me. I like being who I am and who God created me to be in this world. I am not ashamed to be me, especially when I am able to shine best for the cause of Christ.
Rather than think about the negative aspects of shame. I’ve been thinking lately about the things for which I’m not ashamed.
Here’s a list of 5 things for which I am not ashamed.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you’re a regular reader, I’m sure that’s not a shock to you. Faith in this Good News changed my entire life. By His great grace, a new commitment was born that brought power to live as a child of God. This Gospel is the power of God to salvation.
I am not ashamed of being a holiness preacher. From cover to cover, the Bible is explicit in revealing the holiness of God. If God is not holy, then the whole Gospel is a sham. But He is holy, and He expects His people to walk in His holiness. For me, holiness is the primary characteristic of God, and every other revelation of Him flows from that beauty.
I am not ashamed of being Pentecostal. Yeah, I know Pentecostal movements have had excesses associated with them. But that doesn’t diminish the powerful essence of a Spirit-filled life. I believe our world is hungry for the real power of God from a genuinely Holy Spirit-empowered Church.
I am not ashamed of my gifts. God called me to be a preacher. He has gifted me to serve Him in the equipping of His Church. I’m a thinker, an administrator, and a communicator. I also enjoy coaching, encouraging, and inspiring others to be and do more. Conversely, this also means that I’m no longer trying to be you or mimic your style of giftedness. I’m okay with being me, and I’m not ashamed of my giftedness.
I am not ashamed of my marriage. That might sound a little strange. But in this sex-crazed culture, Christians should place more emphasis on the biblical model of a healthy marriage. This doesn’t mean my marriage is perfect. It just says that I am not ashamed to be the husband of my wife. We’ve been united in holy matrimony since 1991, and I am not afraid to celebrate marriage, the way God designed it. God has blessed our union with three beautiful children, and He has used us to be a blessing to many others.
That’s a quick list of items for which I am not ashamed. By God’s grace, this written list could have been much longer. But five was enough to share and take you to this lesson.
Be content with who you are in Christ, but don’t become complacent. Grow to become the best you that He created you to be. Allow Him to bring healing to your past and remove your shame. Then, don’t be ashamed to be wholly His.
If you were to make a quick list, what items would you say that you are not ashamed of? Does my list resonate with your heart? Comment below and let’s talk about that.