"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Do You Really Believe? Part 4
“What Separates a Christian from the Rest of the World?”
“Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,
‘Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
1 Peter 2:6 NKJV
In conclusion, when we trust God there is a promise that we will never be put to shame. There is boldness and a confidence in Christ that takes place when we experience being born again. However, there lies the problem; if you are ashamed or shy to the point that you don’t even share Jesus with your own family and friends, question your salvation. How can you be filled with such love and such power and not be affected in your confession?
You have no problem talking about your kids, your job, the football game last week, your wife, etc. but when it comes down to making a confession for Christ you automatically shut down and have nothing to say? Being shy is not something that should be taken lightly; it is not a small sin. We must understand that being shy for Jesus is being a coward. The Bible tells us in Revelations 21:8
“But the cowardly, unbelieving,abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
We love to speak against sexual sins, homosexuality, etc. but here the Bible places the cowards in the same level as the rest of these awful sins. We must cast this shy demon out of our lives; we must be bold in our confession. The reality is that you are either playing religion like many others, not saved or in need of prayer and understanding that being shy concerning sharing Christ is Biblically an unacceptable behavior that can lead your soul to hell.
I know these are strong words and perhaps they sound a little fanatical for some; but they are the truth and we must deal with this truth now that we have the opportunity. Only when we place our ultimate trust in God can we call ourselves Christians. The greatest evidence of that salvation is our willingness and excitement to share our amazing God with others. We see couples in their beginning stages of their romantic and platonic relationship always talking about how wonderful the other is; such beautiful times in our lives that many of us remember with a smile! How much more should we share Jesus as we are called to love Him above all things? How can our daily confessions not change? But the main question remains…Do You Really Believe?