2 Timothy 1:8-11 (NLT)
8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 10 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 11 And God chose me to be a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of this Good News.
Paul says no one should be ashamed of what Christ did for them and they also should not be ashamed of those who are suffering because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A person should always be ready to face suffering for the sake of Christ. Our salvation so freely given yet so undeserved, but it was always God’s plan to make it available. Death gave way to life and Paul was chosen to be a preacher, an apostle and teacher of this great salvation.
“Amazing Grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see. T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear. And grace my fears relieved. How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.” For those who have faith in Christ they are no longer wretched, lost, unfearful of the consequences of sin and blind to its power over us. If there should be any shame, the shame should have existed prior to the amazing grace we accepted. There is no shame in Christ who set us free, unchained us from sin and gave us life eternal. God saved us and called us to live a holy life. No longer does one failure mean we are condemned to sin. No longer does the weight and guilt of sin hold us back from what we need to accomplish for God. We are free due to the amazing grace placed upon us once and for all by our coming to faith in Jesus Christ. Be ready to share the Good News with others and if necessary become teachers and preachers of God’s Holy Word. There is Good News in Christ, do not be afraid to share it. Do not hold back the power of life over death for those who are awaiting the fires of ******. And live your life grateful, without shame because you are no longer facing the same punishment. Praise God and His Son Jesus Christ. Praise His mercy, love and amazing grace.