“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26
“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:33
“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Tim. 3:12
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.” Mark 10:46-52
Ever felt embarrassed about Jesus? Before you quickly reply no, consider this. Ever worried about what others think of your faith in Him? Afraid to share the Gospel because you might be rejected? Afraid to talk to your family about how to follow Jesus because you don’t want to be hated? Worried about what your co-workers or cellmates or homeless buddies might think of you if they find out you pray to God in Jesus’ name? Hesitant to pray out loud for someone in need who is standing right in front of you because they may laugh at you? Positive God’s calling you to some act of service for Him but holding back because you’ll lose your popularity, you won’t be “politically correct”, your neighbors will start talking about you, etc.?
The blind man who wanted to be healed and get his sight back did not hold back from crying out to Jesus even when the people around him gave him a hard time for crying out to the Lord because of his faith in Jesus and because of his desperation to get his sight. He was more concerned with crying out to Jesus and getting his need and desire met than he was with what others thought. Any shame he might have had, if he had any at all, he thrust to the side.
So should that be the main reason we shouldn’t be ashamed of Jesus? That we shouldn’t be worried about what others think of us when it comes to Jesus? That we need and want things for ourselves so we might as well forget about being embarrassed about Jesus and go running after Him? No! Certainly our needs and desires matter, and we shouldn’t be ashamed and embarrassed about Jesus and not hold back from crying out to Him and chasing after Him.
But the number one reason we shouldn’t be embarrassed about Jesus is in the other verses above. If we’re ashamed of Jesus, Jesus will be ashamed about us in front of God our Father. If we deny Jesus, we will be denied. And there is nothing in the universe more important than God almighty and being forgiven and saved and accepted and welcomed by Him into forever relationship with Him through repentance and faith in Jesus the Christ as Lord. There is nothing more important than living every breath of our lives to love and glorify God forever because JESUS CHRIST IS LORD. There is nothing and nobody more important in the universe than THE LORD!
WE MUST NOT BE ASHAMED OF OR EMBARRASSED ABOUT OR HOLD BACK FROM LOVING AND GLORIFYING AND PRAISING AND HONORING AND SERVING AND LIVING FOR JESUS!
Will we be rejected, hated, disliked, thrust aside, disapproved of, laughed at, not loved, kicked out, abandoned, and persecuted if we’re sold out followers of the Lord Jesus Christ not embarrassed to say His name and live our lives to bring God glory? Yes, in one way or another, it’s guaranteed. But nothing, and nobody, on this earth is as important and precious and beautiful and glorious as the Lord, and we should NEVER deny Christ and NEVER allow ourselves to hold back from living and breathing for God through Christ even at the expense of what others might think or do.