This morning I has the great honour of meeting up with a lady in an IRT village. I have been meeting up with her every few weeks for the last 6 months to hear her story, to read the bible and pray with her. Initially she was quite anxious about what the future held for her as her aging body and mind began to fail her. But what hasn’t failed her is her memory of the scriptures. From a child she had been learning the bible, especially during her time at Mt.Kembla memorial church. I found that I just needed to begin saying a bible verse and she would finish it off for me. She would regularly say “Jesus has always been my friend”. Each time I visit her I notice how she smiles and the anxiety lessens whenever we talk about what Jesus has done for her. Her love for Jesus is clear.
She is not ashamed of the gospel. She delights in it
In our reading from Romans 1 today we are reminded that we too are not to be ashamed
For I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)
But this morning she wasn’t anxious about her own salvation, she was anxious about the salvation of her own family. “How do I make sure they will be saved?” She asked. I replied that they need to accept Jesus as their saviour. She continued, “but how do I tell them about Jesus without offending them?”
It was then that I realised that all the stories she had told me about her relationship with Jesus were the stories that her family needed to hear, for in those stories was the the message of the gospel, the salvation for those who believe. So I simply replied to her, “tell them the story of your relationship with Jesus.”
Dear Jesus, give me such an assurance of my own salvation that I can unashamedly tell the story of my relationship with you such that others may hear what you have done and be saved.