Not ashamed

Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

One week I remember very well, don’t ask for the date because I don’t remember those kinds of things like I used to, but I do remember the important happenings of that week. By this time in our study we had discussed evangelism and how it was the responsibility of every Christian to reach out to others and share the gospel. My boss, the owner of the company, Bud Johnson founded the company and built it to the place where it was  when I came to work for Bud. Bud and I had many conversations about many subjects beside the business side, the same with his son, Craig Johnson who was the comptroller and buyer. I won’t go into details, but based on my knowledge of them I formed an opinion that I am sure did not please Jesus. I felt they were so corrupt it would not do any good to give my testimony and share God’s word, even if they would let me.

All the time I felt this way about Bud and Craig, I was rehearsing the verses of the week while driving up and down the high ways and by ways, as I explained was my habit. Over and over again I would repeat the verse Romans 1:16, for I am not ashamed of the gospel while off and on thinking how useless it would be to give Bud and Craig my testimony. All the sudden, the Spirit got through to me and terribly convicted me of my sin. I vowed to the Lord I would get an appointment individually with Bud and Craig as soon as possible and accept whatever consequences there were. There was another son in the company that ran warehouse and shipping, but more about him later. I have to say that even though I was the only non family management person we all had a good relationship.

Bud was recovering from heart surgery and invited me to lunch with him on his house boat at a Mississippi river dock. I shared what I knew how to at the time about becoming a Christian. Bud said, that’s nice, but don’t be too easy on the salesmen. Then Bud shared that he had nothing against religion and had even sent his kids to a Presbyterian church when they were young. I shared with Craig over lunch, and with hardly a break in the conversation he said, that’s nice, did I tell you about the new dock extension and doors we are going to add to the building. 

In Isaiah’s day Israel’s punishment was sealed, God wanted Isaiah to keep on preaching even though He knew they were not going to respond, and He told Isaiah that. Isaiah knew very few Israelites would be left when their country was destroyed by Babylon. What faith Isaiah had to have to continue on day after day, knowing his effort would yield very little. But God said do it, so in obedience Isaiah did it. 

Deuteronomy 28:2 “All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: