Do Not Be Ashamed - Week 1

2 Timothy:  A Farewell Discourse

2 Timothy 1

As Tim Dunn began our series on 2 Timothy last Sunday, we explored the letter of Paul to Timothy, his fellow minister, friend, and mentee. Paul is inching ever closer to his last days and 2 Timothy is his final letter. It's his appeal for Timothy to persevere in the face of adversity for the sake of the Gospel. Paul is passing the torch.

Seeing how personal this particular letter is written, take a moment to go back and reread chapter one as if Paul had addressed his words directly to you. Imagine you've visited your mailbox and pulled out this handwritten letter from a close friend whom you know is in their last days of living.

I remind you to fan into flame the gracious gift of God which is in you. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but He has given us a spirit of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline (abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control).

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or about me, His prisoner, but with me take your share of suffering for the gospel, continue to preach regardless of the circumstances, in accordance with the power of God, for His power is invincible, for He delivered us and saved us and called us with a holy calling, a calling that leads to a consecrated life—a life set apart—a life of purpose, not because of our works or because of any personal merit—we could do nothing to earn this, but because of His own purpose and grace, His amazing, undeserved favor, which was granted to us in Christ Jesus before the world began. (AMP)

As you read through Paul's text to you, what is your call to action? What does a "life of purpose" look like as you lead your family, step through the doors at work, or walk through the streets of your neighborhood?

Above all, "guard and keep unchanged the treasure which has been entrusted to you--that is the Good News about salvation through personal faith in Jesus Christ, through the help of the Holy Spirit who dwells in you." (v.14)
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