There is a school of thought or thinking within our society that as humans, we should never be ashamed, that we should always think positively about ourselves, that we should stand up for ourselves, take pride in ourselves and defend ourselves at all costs. Quite frankly this philosophy reeks of non-accountability, it reeks of absolving ourselves from our own errors of judgement and supposed vindication via self seeking righteousness, and it reeks of defiance to the acknowledgement of God’s Word that declares that we all are sinners. There are no exceptions to being a sinner except Jesus Christ, He alone perfectly fulfilled the will of God, even unto His own death. No one else has done that, ever.
What this way of thinking does is it attempts to replace God’s righteousness with our own righteousness. In essence, we become our own gods, our own justification.
Romans 3:10-12 NIV “As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away, they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good, not even one.”
Isaiah 64:6 NIV “All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Anyone who presumes that their self “righteousness” even approaches the “righteousness” of God has never been in the presence of God or stood at the foot of the cross. We’re not comparing apples with oranges, there is no comparison, no matter how noble or righteous we may think our own independent righteousness may be. God is holy and in the vast majority of cases, I don’t think that we, even as Christians, can even begin to fully comprehend the reality of that statement.
We are a fallen creation, absorbed within ourselves, seeking our own fulfillment through power, wealth and personal gratification in all of it’s various forms. And the depth to which we will go to achieve our own fulfillment knows few, if any, boundaries.
As Christians, are there things that we are NOT to be ashamed of? Yes there are.
1 Peter 4:16 NIV “However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.”
Romans 1:16-17 NIV “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. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
Luke 9:26 NIV “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.”
1 John 2:28 NIV “And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.”
2 Timothy 1:12 NIV “That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.”
Romans 9:33 NIV “As it is written:“See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
For those of us who have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we have come to that place in our lives where we acknowledge what we have done and we seek forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus, on the cross, to pay the price that our sins demanded from a just and righteous God. Mercy is extended to us from God the Father, by His Son Jesus Christ. And the long and the short of it is if you reject Jesus, you reject God’s mercy.
And having taken that step of faith, we know that our sins have been forgiven, because we have placed our trust not in what we can accomplish, but rather in what God has accomplished for us, on our behalf, through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
Romans 8:1-2 NIV “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
1 John 1:9 NIV “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 2:1 NIV “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
John 14:19 NIV “Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.“
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!