Not Ashamed

As 2017 comes to a close, we take a look back and evaluate the gains and losses of the past year. We remember the graduations, weddings, work accomplishments, friends laid to rest, and many other events. But most important, we should consider our spiritual experience.

Was 2017 the year you grew closer to Christ, spent more time in His Word, and demonstrated His grace in your life? Or maybe it was a year that you struggled to understand God and felt that He was too far away. Whatever your circumstances, today Christ offers you a new chance to live for Him. He invites you to pray this simple prayer: “Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope” (Psalm 119:116).

God’s Word reassures us that despite our failures and mistakes, Jesus is working on our behalf, to prepare us to live in His home for eternity, “for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). When Jesus looks at us, He sees family!

We are encouraged to spend time daily in God’s Word, to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). The transforming power of Scripture inspires us to say, with the apostle Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

Instead of being distracted by the glitter and glamour around us, God’s Word points us to a better country, the place where God is not ashamed to be called our God—for He has prepared a city for us (Hebrews 11:16). Today, He is inviting each of us to be a part of His great plan of salvation.

As you look forward to 2018, won’t you make a commitment to make it the best year of your life, a year that you can look back on and not be ashamed? Click here for a free book that will help you connect with the Ultimate Resource—the Word.

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