Good morning everyone,
If there was ever a reversal of the way one lived his life, Paul is the perfect example. He went from persecuting those that believe to being the one who was persecuted. His conversion and conviction were so dramatic that He encouraged other believers to not be ashamed even to the point of death. Consider it a joy! In 2 Timothy 1:8-9, he encourages Timothy by saying, "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." Wow! Even before time began, God had a purpose and you were included in that purpose! Hallelujah! If the Creator can take time to make you an important part of history, can you not speak boldly for Him and not be ashamed about Him? I don't know about you, but I'm ready to serve the One who loved me so much that He gave His life up for me! Father God, help all of your children to not be shy or ashamed of who you are but help us to be bold in sharing the gospel and loving people where they are!
Your brother in Christ,