Wednesday, January 31, 2007

2 Timothy 1:8-9

8So 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, 9who 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,

Paul pays a great price for boldly proclaiming the gospel and he is encouraging Timothy to continue to stay the course with him in this calling. Paul points out that it is not in their own strength that they can endure this suffering, but rather it is because of the power of God they have received through Christ. It is this amazing grace provided in Christ that has both saved them and has called them to live a holy life. When we are surrendered to Christ we have his grace which is power and it strengthens us to live a holy life even when it results in our personal suffering.

1 comment:

Donut said...

Why have you disabled RSS? This makes it terribly inconvenient for me! Terribly!