29 August 2018

2 Timothy 1
Psalm 96

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

2 Timothy 1:8

That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day.

2 Timothy 1:12

Boldness and Faithfulness in Christian Service. Paul writes these words, because he knows that this temptation is common to man. We are sensitive to public opinions, and may feel too timid to speak up for the name and the gospel of Jesus. At times, we may also be embarrassed about our fellow believers. Here we are challenged to not deny our Lord, and not be ashamed of other Christians, who are suffering because of their gospel witness.

Jesus gave us a strong warning in Mark 8:38: ‘If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory’.

So with God’s help and grace, I pray that I will share the gospel faithfully and boldly, and not be ashamed, and even be willing to suffer for Jesus’ sake. I entrust myself into God’s care, because I know that He is able to guard me. And, I ask for forgiveness for the times I have not spoken up, when I should have, and had an opportunity to share of His wonderful grace.