A Word from Pastor Stephen – April 29, 2020
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
2 Timothy is considered to be Paul’s last letter written before he is executed in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero. He is writing to Timothy, his faithful companion and fellow worker in the faith, to encourage him and give him strength to continue on after he is gone. I’m sure it would be easy to have a strong and vibrant faith if the Apostle Paul is standing next to you.
Timothy is one who will give leadership to the churches once Paul is gone. Paul is encouraging Timothy. He tells him not to be timid. Other translations use the word cowardice or fearful. He wants Timothy to be brave as he proclaims the good news. A few verses later Paul declares, “But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust.” (v.12)
That is still good advice for us today. So many of us can be timid and a bit embarrassed to talk about Jesus, but Paul is completely sold out for Jesus. Paul’s advice for Timothy is good advice for us as well. Paul has confidence in Timothy. He knows he is up to the task ahead of him. Paul tells him, “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you.” (v.6)
As followers of Jesus we should be brave and strong and maintain a spirit of power, and love and self-discipline. Let’s us all as brothers and sisters in faith encourage each other during this difficult season. The world desperately needs what we have to offer. Never stop offering Jesus. Never stop offering love to a broken and hurting world. Amen.