A Holy Calling!

Scripture reading for July 3rd:  Ecclesiastes 1-3, Psalm 45, 2nd Timothy 1

Key Scriptures: 2nd Timothy 1:8-12  “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the Gospel by the power of God, Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, Who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do.  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.”  

Paul encouraged Timothy, who had a problem with timidity, not to be ashamed of his testimony of Jesus Christ or of Paul, in jail because of his testimony.  God had called them both to a holy calling:  to preach and testify of Jesus Christ and also to suffer because of that.  This calling was rooted in eternity.  Paul was not ashamed because he knew Jesus Christ and was convinced of Jesus’ power to keep him safe for eternity and to watch over the gospel message and bring fruit.

Psalm 45:6  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.  The scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; . .”

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, I love and trust You and Your ability to keep me through the suffering that may come as a result of my testimony and preaching of Your Gospel.  Give me boldness and courage to fulfill my holy calling.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 “I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.  God has done it, so that people fear before Him.”  

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