2 Timothy 1:8-14

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you–guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

A Thought

Paul continues his letter to Timothy while he is facing death because of his witness of the gospel in the Lord, Jesus Christ. Paul encourages Timothy to not be ashamed to continue spreading this gospel, that will save and call us to a holy life, even when it causes suffering. Paul teaches that grace was revealed to us through Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has given eternal life through faith and love to all who will receive it. Today, we should not be ashamed to testify and guard this hope in Christ Jesus, with the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us, with others that we meet. This is our responsibility to keep this gospel alive through sound teachings of God’s word, the Bible.

Our Prayer

Father we ask that you encourage all those around the world who are suffering for the sake of the gospel of your Son, Christ Jesus. Help us not be ashamed to speak the truth of your word to others that they might know you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and awaken us to walk in your purpose and grace for each of us to spread the “Good News” of your love and grace and to live holy lives in you. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.