"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16 KJV)
Paul made the above remark in his epistle to the church at Rome. And he meant it. We have to have this same approach to it. Why on earth would anyone ever be ashamed of the gospel of Christ? Jesus gave his life so that we might have this gospel. He was not ashamed to die the death of an awful sinner, even though he had never sinned. And incidentally, so did Paul. He calmly allowed a Roman soldier to take off his head with a sword. His life had been devoted to spreading the gospel to everyone he was able to have for an audience. Paul also suffered much while he was alive.
Paul also tells us to put on the whole armour of God in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 6 (Read verses 10-18 here) in which he refers to the word of God as 'the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God' in verse 17.
And the writer of the Hebrew letter, believed to be Paul also, has this to say about that sword:
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
If Christians arm themselves with the armour described in the Ephesians letter above and the two edged sword of the word, he can reach out to the lost. Not always successfully but will certainly fulfill his duty to God.
All of the armour is needed and essential, but it is the sword of the spirit that will not only cause our attempts to reach out to others more successful, but it will also guide us in the strait and narrow way which is essential for us to walk. Almost everyone can spare the time to study the Holy Bible 14 to 20 hours per week if they will only try. That is a mere 2 hours to almost 3 hours per day. And many spend more time than that in front of the TV watching all manner of filth and news filled with lies.
We all have some pretty large shoes to fill when you consider the steps taken by our saviour while he was here and by his apostles after his death. Those men dropped their devotion of earning a livelihood, and devoted themselves to following Jesus Christ. And according to tradition, all of them except John, died a violent death for the cause of Jesus.
We have been fortunate to live in a time and an area where we have not been faced with death in order to profess Christ, yet it might still come to pass, especially for our young people. We must decide, ahead of time, if we ever should be faced with a decision to deny Jesus Christ or be decapitated. And, to evade the idea and assume we will never face such, will not resolve the problem. We must be of that mind, even if it never materializes. God knows our every thought and intent.
Where we read of any biblical character, being tortured, beaten, beheaded or burned at the stake, you find none who resisted or relented. In the reading of historical accounts of the torture and maltreatment of the early Christians, you do occasionally read where one was too weak to bear their torment and relented. But there is a resolve which must be in a Christian's life that he places obedience to God, over anything he may face.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)