There’s a cloud of many witnesses with Christ in Heaven above,
Watching as we run this race, they cheer us on in love
Their faces we have seen before and more we’ve never known,
They’ve fought the battles took the stand,
We reap what they have sown.
So I’m not ashamed to claim the name of Jesus
I am not ashamed to tell the world He’s mine
Gladly all proclaim this gospel to all people
I am not ashamed I will claim His name
So I take my stand in Jesus and serve the Lord today
I give my strength and purpose, I sing and work and pray,
And though all the world may mock me,
I’ll walk uncaring by, I’ll stay with Christ my Saviour
His name I’ll not deny
The words to this song Not Ashamed, have really been an encouragement to me. My family has convictions the Lord has laid upon our hearts…convictions that often cause those of the world to look down upon us. Some examples of those convictions:
One conviction is how my Mother and I dress. We always wear skirts, modest shirts, with at least three-quarter length sleeves, nylons to cover our legs and we wear our hair up. Many times when we’re walking through a store, a group of young people around my age will stare…and yes, sometimes laugh and point.
It definitely isn’t easy to stand out, but I consider it a privilege. Often, young people I know have assumed I dress the way I do “because my parents make me”…in one way that is true, but yet in another, even if I were on my own, I would dress the way I do! I am thankful though that I have parents who have started ingraining this conviction in me from a young age, for it is so easy to follow the world instead of convictions! Others notice me because of the way I am dressed, and often Christians are even noticed for their behavior or spirit. Others most likely assume, when seeing me that I dress as I do for religious reasons. In this way, they know that I belong to the King of Kings! As Christians, if we act, dress, and behave exactly like the world in every way, how can they know that we are serving the Lord? How can they see that Jesus changes lives if we haven’t changed our worldly ways? In Matthew 5:16, we are told to let our light shine before men! Everything we do, each part of us should show forth the Lord!
Another conviction we have is that we don’t have a TV in our home. My parents feel that for the little bit of good you may be able to find with the TV, the bad far outweighs it! I am thankful that they have that conviction, for, many times, you may see something bad on TV without even meaning to! Many people are surprised when we tell them this, but I am thankful that my parents have always kept their convictions the same, despite what others may think.
Another conviction we have is that we don’t have internet in our home. And really…it isn’t necessary! If I need to look something up, then the library is always available, but not having it in our home saves me a lot of useless time that would be spent before a computer screen!
I am not telling you all these convictions because I want you to “feel bad” because you don’t hold to them, or to make you think that, if you don’t have these convictions, I am somehow “better” than you. I feel that the Lord gives each of us different convictions about different things, so I don’t condemn you at all… I am just telling you these to show you that it is, indeed, possible to live in this world, but not of it. No, it is not easy…many times, especially in areas of dress, I have been made fun of and laughed at…but yet the Lord also blesses us for being faithful! A few months ago, my Mother and I, along with some visiting friends that dress as we do, were shopping in the mall. A young lady stopped us, and wanted to know why we dressed as we did, why we wore our hair up, and what we believed! We were able to share some of God’s Word with her! How wonderful it is to think that someone may eventually be lead to the Saviour because of your dress, your spirit, or even your happy countenance! One verse (of the many) that has really helped me is Hebrews 11:25: “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, then to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” With the Lord’s help, I have been able to make this choice! Sisters, the most important thing is not what the conviction the Lord has laid upon you might be, or what others may think…the most important thing is that you obey Him!
Let your light shine in this dark world, that you may lead others to the one who can set them free! What greater reward can there be for your efforts than this?