2 Timothy 1:8–14
So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.
That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.
Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
Jesus changed my life and all for the better and I am not ashamed to say that I believe in Jesus and in the God who he is a part of. I am also not ashamed to share my faith with others – but I don’t force it on them. I try to be loving and friendly with those I meet (not always easy for a shy and quiet person such as myself) and when they are receptive or ask I share what I believe, but hopefully not in a way that exclaims that their possibly different beliefs are invalid or wrong. I understand that many people come to know God through different paths other than my own, and who am I to contradict someone who professes a positive relationship with the Creator. I believe that the truth that has been entrusted to me is that God speaks to every person in a way that each person can understand if they will only open their hearts and minds. Woe unto me if I interfere with that voice of true love.
Jesus, I pray that whenever I have a chance to share you with someone that you will guide my words and actions with your love and wisdom. Amen.