“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” 2 Timothy 1:7-8
Many Christians are timid about their belief. Timid is being shy. They do not want to share it openly. Most are scared of what the other person might think, say or do.
In light of being “politically correct,” this is even more true. No one wants to offend anyone else, so they will not say anything. The world thinks that everyone has a right to believe in their own way of living, and one person cannot say that there is only one way.
Jesus, however, stated that He is the only way. God knew that the world would be against Jesus. So He gives all believers His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit then gives power.
Everyone loves to have some power. In fact, most people would like to have more power. When they hear the Spirit gives power, they may get excited.
But that power comes also with love and self-discipline. The world loves power also, but without love or self-discipline. It is all about control.
God wants you to share what Jesus has done for everyone you meet with His love. Do not bash a non-believer over the head for his sins, but show God’s love.
In order to show this love and share His message, it takes self-discipline. As a person you still have a part of the world in you that will try to bash the person, or just condemn them. This is power, but it is not love.
God’s power and love can be shown in sharing the gospel message that is relevant to the person and meets them where they are. It shows them who Jesus really is.
Do not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus and share it with power, but remember His love, and keep your self-discipline. Control what you say, and how you say it. Go out in His power and tell everyone about Jesus.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not be shy in sharing the message of Jesus; that you will be filled with the love of Jesus; and that God will help you keep self-discipline.