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Paul tells Timothy to “be a good worker.” Part of being a good worker means you do not “need to be ashamed.” Why? Because you are walking closely with God and teaching the Word as He desires. There is no shame in teaching the word of truth correctly. Note the second part, correctly explains the word of truth. The Word needs to be explained correctly. This is more of a challenge.
We cannot understand everything we read in the Bible. Our mind cannot grasp it all. Thankfully the Spirit continues to reveal to us, to teach us more. As we walk closely with Jesus, as we serve Him, as we worship Him, as we read His Word, we glean more. Doing life with Jesus is a journey. Along the way, we grow. We learn. We begin to mature and understand more. This allows for more correct explanations.
Don’t be afraid to share the Truth. Don’t be afraid to share God’s Word. Understand that there will be moments when you don’t understand His Word. Don’t pretend. Don’t hesitate to share because you do not grasp every word in the Bible. Be sure to provide correct explanations when possible. If there is something you cannot grasp, seek help. Pray about it. Be okay with admitting you don’t know. If someone asks you something and you don’t have the answer, look for it together. Understand there are some things you may not understand until God calls you home.
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive His approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 [NLT]
As the school bus passed by, my daughter waved to me, unafraid of what her classmates might say if they spotted her waving to her mum. She was not ashamed to show her love for me. I’ll admit that after the bus was out of view, I thought of her wave and was teary eyed that she shows her love despite the consequences she may face. I sometimes wonder if we are that open to show our love for Christ.
We are told that if we are ashamed of Christ, that He too will be ashamed of us (Mark 8:38). Yet, we are not always boastful of what Christ has done for our lives. We are not always quick to tell our co-workers about Jesus because most of the staff is not Christian. When we get through a difficult situation, we sometimes would rather attribute it to some self-help book or quick fix solution instead of sharing what God did for us. Some people skip praying when they are out at a public restaurant because they do not want people staring.
Jesus stood on trial with humility. Jesus hung on the cross with humility. Jesus was not ashamed to undergo whatever it took– and it took everything– so that we could have a relationship with God and have everlasting life. I pray today that you will ask the Spirit for guidance to share your faith today. I hope you will be able to step out and share Jesus and see how greatly it blesses you and others.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
– Romans 1:16 [NASB]