Sunday, November 13, 2016

When You're Embarrassed to Share Your Faith

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.
2 Timothy 1:8-9,12 (NIV)

You’re 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.

The 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.

Once 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 U-turn.

A 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)

Courageously focus on Him. Don’t be swayed by others or embarrassed about your beliefs.

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