2 Timothy 1:8-10, 12
So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel… That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.

Most people I know including myself aspire to live quite lives that are not tied up in unwanted publicity and strewn with suffering and hurt. Our goal is generally to enjoy lives with those we love, to be good citizens, work less and earn more, live peaceable lives and leave a legacy of goodness for our future generations. Paul was of a different mould and seemed to attract the wrath of those in authority, had a way of getting under their skin with his strong words and boldness, was obstinate about his beliefs and refused to budge on them, had a mob mentality and encouraged others to be like him or so it seems from his letters. Why is there such a diametrical difference between Paul as a man of God and us? What is God’s word to us today?

Paul was a passionate man who lived to share his beliefs, whether as Saul or as Paul. His transformation was brought about by God who chose him for His own purpose and used Paul’s passion to share the gospel instead of rejecting it. To live as a Christ follower is to live as one who opposes the world because the world aspires to glorify the Devil and his ideals whereas Christ lived to serve God and direct the world to Him. To an unbeliever, it might sound like I’ve lost my plot about who is right from wrong but when we examine the life of Jesus through the Bible, we understand the difference between the lie we live and the life we forgo. To the believer in Christ, to live a life that pleases the Devil is to live an unperturbed life where we co-exist with the world but to live for Christ is to accept a life full of challenges because we take a stand against the Devil and for Jesus who destroyed death and gave us life everlasting through His death and resurrection. Are you ashamed to live for Christ?

In His Loving Service,

Mark 8:38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

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  1. Thanks, Vineet, for challenging us with the truth. Life in Christ is not meant to be easy. I think it is a misconception about Christianity, that maybe we are guilty of perpetuating . . .because, yes, it is wondrous and lovely and joyful. But, it is not easy. And if it is, that is when I need to re-check my walk with Him. God bless you! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Thank you once again for being such an encouragement. The joy and peace we have in the midst of walking with Christ is from God alone but if we are not facing any strife, then I wonder why coz nothing Jesus did was taken with total acceptance and was always met with challenges.

  2. blesseddad says:

    What a great message, I just read it to my wife because it was so good. The Apostle Paul is my hero, he went against the grain to do what was right. He rubbed people wrong and spoke with authority, the authority of Christ when he spoke. Yet he was a man of faults also who questioned his own intents. I find hope for us in the example he set. Thanks again Bro-

    • ServantBoy says:

      I believe that you and your family live with Jesus at the forefront of your lives and I praise God for that. There is always challenges but in the midst of it you are always at peace and that’s a reflection of the Holy Spirit’s working in your life.
      Blessings to you, your wife and daughters,

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