Here at UNashamed, our mission is to encourage and equip men and women to live compassionate, healthy, emboldened lives dedicated to the service of God. Being a Christian is not easy, especially in the high-tech, fast-paced, secular world of today. The world tells you that believing in God is childish, your existence has no purpose, and life is simply what you make it. In essence, the world says you are worthless, expendable, insignificant. Contrary to that bleak picture, the God who created the universe says you are of infinite value! You are so precious to Him that He was willing to sacrifice everything to die for you. In His eyes, you are priceless, indispensable, treasured.
Many Christians find the burdens and monotony of everyday life gradually extinguishes the fire they once felt for the Lord and no longer find the motivation to share the gospel with others. Unexpected illnesses, a shaky economy, civil unrest, financial hardship, broken relationships, the loss of a loved one… Whatever your situation and challenges, you may find yourself barely hanging on emotionally, physically, or spiritually. Take heart! There is good news! With the Lord’s strength and guidance, you can discover or re-discover contentment, peace, hope, and purpose.
You can have a life filled with meaning, a life connected to the Lord, a life unashamed.
UNashamed is here to inspire, motivate, stimulate, and encourage you in your walk with Christ. Our articles are meant to equip you to take what you read in the Bible and apply it to your every day life and relationships with others. To do so, we have decided to focus on seven overarching themes, seven principles that guide an UNashamed life.
The seven principles of an UNashamed Life:
1. Believe in Jesus.
Romans 10:11 promises that “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” Since Adam and Eve disobeyed the Lord, humanity has been marred by the curse of sin (Genesis 3). Sin is the transgression of the law of God and the penalty of sin is death (1 John 3:4; Romans 6:23). To rescue us from the finality of death and redeem us from sin, Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life and died in our place. He defeated death and sin and freely offers to everyone who would accept it the gift of eternal life. (John 3:16-17)
2. Study the Word.
In 2 Timothy 2:15, we are called to study the word of God. Studying the Bible is an important part of getting to know who God is, how sin entered the world, why Jesus had to die, what the plan of salvation is, the history (good and bad) of God’s people, and the purpose for your life as a follower of Christ. The Bible is the guide book for our beliefs and practices (2 Timothy 3:16-17; Proverbs 30:5-6), hiding it in our hearts keeps us safe (Psalm 119:105; John 17:17; Hebrews 4:12), and we are to test all things against what it says. (Acts 17:11; Isaiah 8:20)
3. Pray to the Lord.
God is loving, merciful, and personal and He desires to have a close relationship with you. Prayer is the method of communing with our Heavenly Father. It is not solely a wish list of wants, but an intimate conversation with our Creator. In 2 Chronicles 7:14, we are given the conditional promise: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Jesus, our example, spent a great deal of time in personal commune with God the Father and it was through prayer that He had the strength to be our sacrifice. (Mark 1:35; Matthew 14:23; Matthew 26:35-37; 1 Thessalonians 5:17)
4. Hope in something more.
Once you believe in the power of the Lord to save us from our sins and begin cultivating a relationship with Him through studying the Bible and prayer, you will experience the hope and peace that the Lord has promised. It is a hope for a better future, in this life and for eternity, and this hope does not let us down. (Romans 5:1-5; Jeremiah 29:11-13; Matthew 25:21)
5. Live life more abundantly.
When Jesus walked this earth, a good portion of His ministry was focused on physical healing: the lame, the blind, the sick, the dying, and even bringing the dead back to life. He cares about our physical needs as much as He does our spiritual needs, and He promises to provide for us (Matthew 6:25-33). The Lord not only gives us the assurance of eternal life, but He also wants us to “have life and life more abundantly” (John 10:9-11) as much as is possible in the here and now.
6. Share with others.
In Romans 1:16, the apostle Paul encourages believers to not be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, which means to share what you have learned from your relationship with Christ with those around you. In this life, you may never know how a kind word, a compassionate act, or a Bible study may have changed someone’s life for the better. (Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Peter 3:15)
In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said: “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Our minds and bodies required adequate physical rest to recover from the stresses and demands we place on ourselves. Likewise we also need spiritual rest, a time to put all of the cares of this world aside and focus on the Lord. (Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Luke 4:16; Ezekiel 20:12,20; Hebrews 4:1-11)