April 14th has been declared "National Not Ashamed of Jesus day." Dr Michael Brown has been promoting the day on a number of sites like The Stream as well as the site for the event: notashamedofjesus.org, so consider this a Public Service Announcement to help spread the word.
And since this is essentially a PSA, with the event info given in detail in the above articles I will simply give the basics about the event followed by scriptures that command or encourage the followers of Jesus to share the faith, not be and ashamed, and recall that we are called to be witnesses.
First the event itself - April 14 was
chosen based on Esther 4.14:
"For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?"
I don't think any Christian would doubt
that this crumbling society needs the testimony of Jesus. A revival
wouldn't hurt either. But the goal is much more humble than revival: The
goal is simply to use every God honoring way you can think of to lift
the name of Jesus before the people in your circle - people who you
regularly come into contact with. Make sure they know you're a believer
in Jesus, and if you get the opportunity, share the gospel. Here's the
graphic of a few ideas shared on
Don't Be Ashamed
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words
in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed
of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.
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.
After this the Lord appointed
seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town
and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest,
therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending
you out like lambs among wolves.
But you, keep your head in all
situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all
the duties of your ministry.
But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the
very end of the age.”
"You are my witnesses,” declares the
I, even I, am the Lord,
I have revealed and saved and
God has placed us where he wants us - for such a time as this
From one man he made every nation of
men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the
times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
When Esther’s words were reported to
Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you
are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if
you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will
arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish.
And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a
time as this?”
Remind the people to be subject to
rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is
And I'll close with a reminder that even if we fall, we are to get up and continue to strengthen our brothers and sisters, and witness to the world:
Are you ready to allow the world to see that you stand unashamed for Jesus, ready to strengthen your brothers and sisters, ready to tell the world Jesus Christ is not only Lord, he's my Lord?
Duane Caldwell | April 11, 2022
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