Last night at our elders meeting we hovered over Luke 10:1-3. That’s the passage where Jesus says that the fields are white unto harvest, but the laborers are few. We all prayed over this text, and most of our prayers were prayers of confession – “forgive us for not praying and not going”. Lord willing, He will move us to pray and go with courage and love.
This morning I read something from J.C. Ryle that helped me linger over this some more. Ryle says:
The wickedness of being ashamed of Christ is very great.
It is a proof of unbelief.
It shows that we care more for the praise of men whom we can see, than that of God whom we cannot see.
It is a proof of ingratitude.
It shows that we fear confessing Him before man who was not ashamed to die for us upon the cross.
Let us resolve never to be ashamed of Christ. Of sin and worldliness we may well be ashamed. Of Christ and His cause we have no right to be ashamed at all. Boldness in Christ’s service always brings its own reward.
The boldest Christian is always the happiest person.