‘So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner.’ 2 Timothy 1.8
Paul was encouraging Timothy not to be ashamed about testifying about the Lord. You might think that this could never apply to you – how could you possibly be ashamed of God? Yet it might be the case more often than you would like to think.
Every day there are probably several times when the relevance of your faith strikes you, yet you choose to put it aside. You may be touched by someone’s plight and wonder if you should say something about how Jesus could help them – yet you hold back from speaking in case it sounds odd. Perhaps you are facing uncertainty and sense God speaking to you, but again you ignore it - either because you are unsure or because, if you are honest, you are enjoying a good wallow. At times like this you are choosing to turn away from the path God is laying out before you.
Yet the really good news is that if you recognise yourself in these examples, then you also need to recognise that you are in a relationship with God and he is seeking to communicate with you. Of course, there are times when you might get it wrong but this certainly doesn’t mean that God abandons you! Instead, he wants you to see where you went wrong so that you can get it right in the future!
The next time you sense a prompting to bring God into a conversation, or a nudge to point you in a different direction, respond to it! The Lord God of heaven is communicating with you.
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