Prayer: O God, help me see the needs around me and move to help where you lead me, in Christ. Amen.
Invitation to suffer
8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God…
After all, we have been called for this purpose…to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Our reward is not in this life, but in the next. Now, would we take this job knowing that it would require sacrifice? Would you join a team with a losing record? Our devotion writer says we have! “When a neighbor is in need, we help even though it is inconvenient. When there is death, we share another’s awful pain. When there is hunger appeal, we give even though we know that it’s a big problem for no easy solutions. Why do we do these things? Because we trust that God is at work in whatever we do.”
About today’s text; our devotion writer writes; “The apostle Paul is encouraging his young coworker Timothy to persevere in difficult circumstances, to stay the course even though it means suffering and loss. Paul himself is in prison. Timothy is working with troubled churches and false teachers. Both men can inspire you as you seek to witness to Jesus Christ in what you say and do. You may not know it, but you also are an inspiration to others as you seek to serve. Young people, especially, are watching you and learning discipleship from you. That’s the power of God at work!”
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, give me courage and endurance as I witness to you in word and deed. Amen.”
2 Timothy 1:8-12
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
8 Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12 and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him.