But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.—2 Timothy 1:12
Previously Paul told his young protege Timothy "be not ashamed." But now Paul strengthens his charge by declaring, "I am not ashamed." And this is notable. With these four words, Paul further punctuates his message against worldly shame but adds that he in no way will let a cancel culture adjust his message or allow it to affect his identity in Christ.
You know, I bet there is someone out there today who needs to hear Paul's confidence in those four words, "I am not ashamed." You might be a person today who is feeling deeply affected by the present cancel culture. It might even be affecting you at an identity level and silencing the testimony of Christ within you. If that is the case, you might need to lean on Paul's unashamed confidence as Timothy did. You might need to hear Paul say to you as he beats his chest—"I am not ashamed, so you should not be ashamed." Or even better, before you head out into your day, maybe you need to say this out loud and to yourself.
But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.
ASK THIS: What shame is affecting you at the identity level? (Confess it in the comment section below.)
DO THIS: Read this verse out loud 5 times today and share it on your social media one time.
PRAY THIS: God, make me more confident and unashamed of how you made me and the testimony you have given me.
PLAY THIS: Elevation. Testimony.
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