Today you should read: 2 Timothy 1:7-12
Let’s start with a little bit of context, Paul is writing 2 Timothy in prison. Paul mentions near the end of this chapter that a lot of his supporters and followers have abandoned him while he is in prison. Which is why in verse 8 he says, “do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner” (verse 8). He set Timothy up by telling him in the previous verse that, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” He then begins to explain why he is suffering in prison. He also tells Timothy that they have been called because of God’s grace and according to His purpose. Paul’s words to Timothy were written to reassure him that the work that they are doing is to spread the Gospel. In verse 12 he assures Timothy by saying, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed.”
So what should we take away from these words? First, that we should be bold and unashamed when witnessing about the things that Jesus has done for us. Although we may not be thrown in prison, we may be ridiculed, mocked, and perceived as unintelligent, but we should be bold and unafraid. Secondly, we should lean on other Christians in times of suffering. Paul tells Timothy, “share in suffering” (verse 8). Lastly, we should share with a spirit of power, love, and self-control. Verse 7 tells us how God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of these three things. We should have the power to share the Gospel, love those who may not listen, and have self-control when we are mistreated.
By: Jacob Kerr — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice: Worship and Students at West Campus
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