Through repentance I have pledged my life to Jesus. Repentance is the intentional act of denouncing our former way of life and surrendering our life to Jesus.
Since my life belongs to Jesus means that I need to live a life that honors him. To do anything else would bring shame to me because of the poor reflection I have given of Jesus.
One of the constant prayers of my life needs to be: Father, grant me the wisdom, strength, and courage to live a life worthy of the Lord Jesus.
This appears to be the prayer of the apostle Paul:
For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.
Philippians 1:20; NLT
The apostle Paul knew that his honor was connected to his commitment to Jesus. He had pledged his allegiance to Jesus, and that meant his honor depended on living out his loyalty to his Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
This isn’t just about not doing wrong, but also about showing courage and faith as we do the right thing. Paul wrote that he would be ashamed if he did not continue to live a bold life that brought honor to Jesus.
As amazing as it might seem prison, court trials, beatings, and rejection were not sources of shame for Paul. Paul saw these things as badges of honor he received for courageously following Jesus. In Paul’s mind, it would have been shameful for him not to endure these things because of his fear. For Paul loyalty required facing his fears to do the work of his Lord.
I think it is important to remember that to refuse to do good, because of fear, is just as shameful as being caught doing something that is obviously sinful.
Open disobedience is shameful because it is there for all the world to see. Our refusal to do good is much easier to conceal to the world, but it still robs Jesus of honor. We honor Jesus when we live out his life of sacrificial love.
Courage is what we need to live a life that brings glory and honor to Christ Jesus. The courage we need comes from faith in God to provide for our needs, and in the hope that God will make all things new and set things right. Without faith and hope our courage will quickly fade away. The longer we walk in faith the stronger our courage will become and the greater honor we will give to Jesus.