by Pastor David Grey
“So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” — 2 Timothy 1:8-9
By any standard or measure, we can imagine, the wonderful grace that has been extended to believers in Christ Jesus, saving us from our well earned fate, demands a response.
That response can be none other than to love and hold the Savior more dear than anything else in this world.
More dear than the fear of being ridiculed by men. More dear than one’s love for father or mother or brother or sister. More dear than life itself.
To this end, Paul writes to Timothy, and of course, to us, “do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.” When we hold the Lord more dear to our hearts than anything or anyone else this boldness to testify about the Savior simply flows.
The recognition of what He has done for us and the resulting heart full of gratitude overflows into testimony. There is no shame. I remember when I was paying for my Dad’s salvation many years ago. Mom had surrendered to Christ but Dad had not yet done so.
Late one night, Mom was clearly experiencing a terrible heart attack. One and then two nitro tabs did nothing. Dad woke my 17-year-old brother, a believer, and asked him to pray. He did. Mom recovered immediately.
The next day in a routine follow-up the Dr. compared X-rays of Mom’s heart that he had just taken with those of a previous visit. Not only was there no sign of a heart attack the night before, but all the scar tissue seen so clearly in previous X-rays was now gone!
The new X-rays showed a completely healed heart, including the absence of previous scar tissue.
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