Are You Ashamed?

~2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 

~Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 

~Psalm 119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 

~Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed. 

How many Christian teen girls go through the day without the Word of God as part of it? How many teen girls can say that when situations arise, a Bible verse comes to mind to cover that situation? If you don’t read the Bible, you just can’t be prepared to tackle the day’s challenges. It is like going to a Spanish class with an English book – you’re unprepard! Can you imagine how foolish you would look – how you would feel?

Teen girl, if you do not make the Bible part of your every day life, you will look and feel as foolish when you stand before God. 2 Timothy 2:15 says that you are to study so that you can become a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed. Noah Webster defines ashamed as:

1. Affected by shame; abashed or confused by guilt or a conviction of some criminal action or indecorous conduct, or by the exposure of some gross errors or misconduct, which the person is conscious must be wrong, and which tends to impair his honor or reputation. It is followed by of.

Thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed. Exodus 16.Israel shall be ashamed of his own counsel. Hosea 10.

2. Confused by a consciousness of guilt or of inferiority; by the mortification of pride; by failure or disappointment.

They shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in images. Isaiah 42

If you are guilty of neglecting your Bible, do you feel this shame that Noah speaks of? A speaker at a meeting is only as good as the knowledge he has on the subject he’s covering. If he is unprepared, it is evident. He hums and hahs, he stumbles and stutters. However, when a speaker is totally prepared, he belts out a presentation like nobody’s business and has confidence in his knowledge. Do you struggle with witnessing to your friends and winning them to Christ? You’re not prepared! You have not spent the time you need to memorize the verses.

Today’s sports fanatics have player stats memorized. They can tell you who threw the longest pass at the last Super Bowl. They can quote you how many home runs and runs batted in that their favorite baseball player has. However, ask them to share Bible verses with you that would be significant in leading someone to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and they look at you as if you have two heads! Teen girl, do you know the words to every popular song but you don’t know your Bible verses? If this is you – you will stand ashamed before the Lord Jesus Christ. My heart aches for you! 😦

As if this isn’t bad enough, what do you do when a trial comes your way and you don’t have the Word hidden in your heart to turn to for rescue and encouragement? You don’t have to know the address and verse by heart but at least you know it enough to be able to say, oh yes, Psalm 121 tells me to look unto the hills from whence cometh my help! So I will turn to the Lord to help me with this situation. Instead, you run to your best friend or a church member and plead for prayer. What if your doctor had to run to his co-workers for help in decisions about your health? Wouldn’t that disturb you? Can you imagine how the Lord feels when we run to others when He is the One true source of all healing and encouragement?

I believe that when believers stand before Christ when their works are tried by fire to see if they are wood and stubble or silver and gold, that they will be hanging their heads in shame – tears welling up in their eyes, wishing they could do it all over again. Teen girl, when your time is up, there is no going back. The signs of the times are all around us. Christ’s return for us is at the door – any minute we’ll be called Home! Are you ready or will you be ashamed?