The Bible says,
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 (KJV)
No doubt, there are many things which I have done I can readily admit I am ashamed. This may come as a surprise, but not only have I done despicable things, the likelihood of me doing some again is very likely. I can admit this, yet, I cannot and should not be ashamed not only to confess these things but continue to speak up and boldly what God has and is continuing to do for me. This is the power of testimony. It demonstrates God’s willingness to reach down into the sewers of this life in order to raise me above the filth I oftentimes desire. So, to be ashamed to admit this indicates an unwillingness to confess what God has done for me and will do for others because although I’ve wallowed in that sewer, there are many others there, or are headed there, who need to know there is help. Perhaps you’ve been down in the same sewer, or a different one, so we didn’t recognize ourselves at the time.
We have this nature about ourselves which wants to prohibit the doing, the saying of anything positive because we are not living up to what others perceive about us. There is a fear of being discovered for what we truly are so silence is the best action to take. I won’t speak up about smoking crack because I’m smoking crack. I won’t speak up about an unwanted pregnancy because I’m pregnant. I won’t talk against this or that because I’m doing this or that, when it is these very times we need to speak up because there are so many of us crying, hoping and reaching for some sort of solution and we try to bring to ourselves, covertly, those who have struggle(ed) to help us, instead of surrounding ourselves with those who are struggl(ing), like us, because we’re ashamed of being known for what we are and doing. So, there is no help at all for the exact time in which we need it, unless we’re forced to do so because our sin has become public. Is the revealing of our sin becoming public the proper motivation for seeking help? I think not.
Jesus is not ashamed of us. He fully understands our struggle and has offered to help us right where we are. He doesn’t require us to get up from the mess but only be willing to extend our hand, while in the mess, to be pulled out. Now, listen to this: He is even willing to stand before His Father and claim despite the filthiness of our lives we are His and wants the Father to accept us because of Him! Now, isn’t that something? But there is a condition. There is an exchange in this transaction: He wants us to represent Him to those we come into contact. So, let’s see what is going on: He will represent us to the Father and wants us to represent Him to our friends, family and associates, associates being fellow crack-smokers, fellow unwanted unwedded mothers, fellow prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, liars, and murderers. He wants us to admit our working relationship with Him while He will witness of His working relationship with His Father. My goodness, what a deal that is!
It seems like a win-win situation, to me, so why is it you and I won’t take advantage of this opportunity? I’ll admit today, right here and right now: “I’m filthy”. And if there are those of you who can and will admit the same, let’s come together and not “compare” filth but let’s “confess” this, because there is strength in numbers, and be a witness of what God is doing and wants to do for us.
March 21, 2015