Need not be ashamed
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13
The Apostle Paul expresses the commitment of an individual who is not afraid of his or her own conviction about knowing Christ as Lord and Savior. In v. 11, Paul is quoting form Isaiah 28:16, “Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.” Establishing your life in Jesus will provide stability and assurance. He is the firm foundation that you can anchor your life with. Once you place your trust in Him, you should never be afraid nor even be ashamed. Among the many things Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount is the absolute need to build your faith on a sound foundation. In Matthew 7, He offers a simple yet profound illustration of two home builders to drive home His point. The one that builds his house in Christ as his solid foundation and follows His word would be able to withstand no matter what life throws at him. ““Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock” (Matthew 7:24-25). When you believe in Christ, you never need to give up because you’re anchored in a sure foundation. So do not be ashamed to claim that you are a follower of Christ. Heed this warning from Christ; “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels” (Luke 9:26).
Noel De Guzman