So do not be ashamed of the
testimony about our Lord or of me His prisoner. Rather, join me in suffering
for the gospel….He has called us to a holy life – not because of anything we
have done but because of His own purpose and grace. [The gospel] 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.
Timothy 1:8-9,12 (NIV)
not alone if you’ve been embarrassed to share your faith. Even Timothy was ashamed
and he trained under the enthusiastic, passionate, persistent Apostle Paul.
holy life Paul mentions isn’t boring and perfect but rather an exciting
adventure. ‘Called to be holy’ means that God has put us in a special lane that
follows a different route. He has set us apart from the mainstream not because
we’re good drivers or have nice cars, but because we acknowledge our weaknesses
and accept His grace.
we realize we’re wandering aimlessly and admit He knows the best way, we’re better
off giving Him the steering wheel than controlling it ourselves. Sometimes God veers
onto the next exit ramp and other times He screeches the tires with an urgent
holy life is not the fast lane but runs dangerously counter to the main flow of
traffic. The unpopular bumpy road requires taking risks, dodging obstacles,
enduring discomfort, and ignoring nasty looks. It can be tough, but we can be
confident with God in control.
Life as a believer isn’t easy, but it’s
an adventure worth taking. (tweet this)
focus on Him. Don’t be swayed by others or embarrassed about your beliefs.