I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.- Romans 1:14-16
Paul spoke plainly. The Book of Romans is one of those epistles where Paul lays the foundation for a firm faith in the everlasting covenant offered to the believer through Jesus the Christ. He shared the immense and extensive benefits afforded to the believer in and follower of Christ. But also includes the worker’s mission, ministry and message.
The worker has a mission.
As a messenger of Christ, Paul was certain and assured of his mission. He was to share the message with the Jews first, then he carried it to the Gentiles.
His mission affirmed that he had no reason to be ashamed of his calling and its work.
The worker had a ministry.
Paul’s ministry went beyond merely preaching. In Antioch, he and Barnabas stayed on for an extended period of time and taught the people. He wrote extensively to the believers abroad, encouraging and edifying them through his epistles. He spread the Good News throughout Asia Minor, Greece and other regions on his missionary journeys.
He let his ministry keep him from working with any degree of shame.
The worker had a message.
We cannot deliver our message if we feel shame about it. We must be convinced of its relevance and necessity in order to extend the reach of the Word into all if the earth. No hidden doubts can remain covered when others listen to us and watch us. Our doubts will emerge somehow and at some point.
We should be able to say like Paul that we are “not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.”