Not Ashamed

Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters

In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.
Hebrews 2:10-11

There is so much in these two verses about what our Father, through His Son, did for rebellious humanity to make a way for us to be united. Amazing! But for this VOG, the part that we will focus on is the truth and reality of the last sentence and its implications for us.

“So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters”. What an amazing truth, God is not ashamed to call us his brothers and sisters. He is not ashamed to give us His name, to be attached to our identity. Think about it, I am Don Thampy – Jesus and so is your name if you are a follower of Jesus Christ! What an honor yet what a responsibility, which we know we cannot carry by ourselves, we need the Spirit of God and the body of Christ to help us.

In our growth group we are studying Luke chapter 7 and this reality of Jesus being unashamed became a little clearer as we studied it. The story is of a sinful woman showing up in Simon the Pharisee’s house uninvited and showering her love on our Lord in an unusually lavish and condescending way. This probably made all the guests at that dinner uncomfortable, but it did not deter Jesus from allowing the woman to show her love. Imagine that picture of a woman weeping wiping Jesus’ dirty feet with her tears, anointing his feet with ointment from an alabaster box, kissing his feet while Jesus was leaning at the table, having conversation, and eating dinner. Jesus was unashamed of this woman who loved him so deeply and expressed it!

If Jesus is unashamed of us and calls us brothers and sisters, are we unashamed to call Him Lord?

Paul said in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile”.

This question of our unashamed-ness of our Lord signifies our understanding and reality of our Lord’s unashamed-ness of us. The more we understand how he is unashamed of us, the more we are unashamed of him, the gospel, the power of God that brings salvation.

Here are some practical questions we can ask ourselves that reveal and surface the reality we have exposited of being unashamed of our Lord.

  1. Do we have daily conversations about our Lord with ones that we engage regularly with?
  2. Do we hide our identity of being a follower of Christ at the workplace, in our neighborhoods, to our friends and relatives?
  3. Do we dive into scriptures daily to understand this love that God has for us and for mankind?

Talk to a brother or sister about your fears and challenges, pray and ask the Lord to help you understand the beauty and riches of the Gospel in His word. Don’t give up, until you can proclaim like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”.

Donald Thampy serves as an Elder at GRC.