We at Be Blessed Co. believe in spreading the love of Christ. In order to spread love we must study and know the Word. With that in mind we've enlisted Minister Valerie Ellis to write thought provoking meditations to keep us grounded in the Word, which is aptly titled "Think On This". Subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

 

Karlesha Thurman was sure of what she was doing.  So, she boldly nursed her 3 month-old daughter, in her cap and gown, at the California State University, Long Beach graduation ceremony on May 22, 2014.  She eagerly posed for a picture with her baby at her breast. A few days later, she even proudly posted that photo on the Facebook page, Black Women Do Breastfeed. When that snapshot went viral, a lot of people commented, “She ought to be ashamed of herself!” But her interview with Today.com in June of 2014, confirmed that Thurman was not the least bit embarrassed about nursing her baby in public. “It’s the best thing for my daughter,’ she said. “More people should do it.” Thurman was too sure of the power of mother’s milk to be ashamed of breastfeeding her child anyplace and anytime.

      

Her certitude reminds me of the Apostle Paul’s complete confidence in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in the first century. We see it in his letter to the church at Rome when he wrote, “…I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone that believes. . .”

       

Paul’s declaration verifies that he boldly, eagerly, and proudly proclaimed the good news as his life’s work because he was certain that every Jew or Gentile who heard it, and believed it, would be saved. He was too sure of the power of the gospel to be ashamed of sharing it everywhere he went and with everyone he met. 

      

We, who have placed our confidence in the gospel of Jesus Christ in the 21st century, can unashamedly share the good news out here in these streets to everyone we meet and greet too.  So, share it with your lips!  Share it with your lifestyle! Share it on a hoodie!  For its offer of salvation still stands and so does its power to save everyone who believes!

TOO SURE TO BE ASHAMED

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

 Romans 1:16

Dear God, We thank you for your Word that never changes and for the gospel of Jesus Christ that still saves. Increase our confidence in it day by day so we can boldly proclaim it in our own way and someone else can say, “I’ll trust Jesus today!”

Confidence in the gospel cancels out sin and shame.

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