Confidence in Christ

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.

Romans 1:16a

In a world that often seems to value self-promotion and outward appearances, the concept of being unashamed can feel foreign. We’re bombarded with messages telling us to fit in, to conform, to avoid rocking the boat. Yet here, in this powerful verse from Romans, we encounter a radically different perspective. The Apostle Paul boldly declares that he is not ashamed of the gospel. But what does it mean to be unashamed, and how can we cultivate this kind of confidence in our own lives?

To understand Paul’s declaration, we need to consider the context. Paul was writing to believers in Rome, the heart of a vast empire known for its power and sophistication. In this setting, the message of a crucified Savior could easily be seen as foolishness or weakness. The early Christians faced potential ridicule, ostracism, and even persecution for their beliefs. Yet Paul doesn’t shy away from his convictions. He stands firm, unashamed.

This unashamed stance isn’t born out of arrogance or a desire to prove others wrong. Instead, it springs from a deep-seated confidence in the truth and power of the gospel message. Paul understands that the gospel isn’t just a set of beliefs or a moral code – it’s “the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” This isn’t human wisdom or strength; it’s divine power at work.

But let’s be honest – being unashamed isn’t always easy. We might fear rejection from friends or family. We might worry about being seen as intolerant or narrow-minded in an increasingly pluralistic society. We might even doubt our own worthiness to represent such a profound message. These fears and doubts can chip away at our confidence, making us hesitant to fully embrace and express our faith.

So how do we cultivate the kind of confidence Paul displays? It starts with understanding the source of our confidence. Paul isn’t relying on his own eloquence, wisdom, or moral perfection. His confidence is in Christ and the gospel message itself. When we grasp the profound truth that our worth and acceptance come from God, not from the opinions of others, it frees us to stand firm in our convictions.

This confidence also grows as we deepen our understanding of the gospel. The more we explore its truths, wrestle with its implications, and experience its power in our lives, the more our conviction grows. This doesn’t mean we’ll have all the answers or never experience doubt. But it does mean that we can stand firm in the essential truths of our faith, even as we continue to learn and grow.

Being unashamed doesn’t mean being argumentative or insensitive to others. In fact, true confidence often manifests as humility and respect. We can hold firm to our beliefs while still listening to and valuing others, even when we disagree. This kind of confident humility can be a powerful witness in a world often characterized by polarization and harsh rhetoric.

It’s also important to remember that being unashamed is a journey, not a destination. There may be times when we falter or struggle with doubt. That’s okay. What matters is that we continue to ground ourselves in the truth of the gospel, surrounding ourselves with supportive community, and relying on God’s strength rather than our own.

As we grow in our confidence in Christ, we may find ourselves more willing to share our faith with others. This doesn’t mean we need to stand on street corners with megaphones. It might simply mean being open about our beliefs when opportunities arise, or living in a way that naturally prompts questions from others. As Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:15, we should “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Our unashamed confidence can be a beacon of hope to those around us.

Chuck Swindoll, a respected Christian pastor and author, offers a profound perspective with his quote, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” This insight encourages believers to see life’s challenges not as insurmountable obstacles but as divine opportunities for growth and transformation. By adopting this mindset, individuals can invite God’s work into their lives in powerful and unforeseen ways, turning potential setbacks into moments of profound spiritual development.

Godseekers, today’s challenge is to reflect on areas where you might be holding back due to shame or fear. What would it look like to step into the confidence that Paul describes? Remember, this confidence isn’t in ourselves, but in the powerful message of the gospel and the God who stands behind it. As you go about your day, carry with you the truth that you are loved, accepted, and empowered by the God of the universe. In Him, we truly have nothing to be ashamed of.


Heavenly Father, thank you for the powerful message of the gospel. Help us to grasp more fully the depth of your love and the strength of your power at work in our lives. Give us the courage to stand firm in our faith, not out of pride, but out of confident trust in You. May our lives reflect the transforming power of the gospel, drawing others to the hope we have in Christ. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Personal Reflection

  1. What areas of your life or aspects of your faith do you find yourself most hesitant to share or express openly? What fears or doubts contribute to this hesitation?
  2. How has the gospel message transformed your life in a way that you could confidently share with others?

Step of Faith

This week, look for an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation about your faith with someone in your life. It doesn’t have to be a full gospel presentation – perhaps just sharing how your beliefs have impacted a recent decision or how they bring you peace in difficult times. Approach the conversation with humility and respect, focusing on sharing your personal experience rather than trying to win an argument.

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