2 Timothy 1:5-8 (NIV)
5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 8 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,
I hope I didn’t offend you…not my purpose. My purpose in my title is to ask which do we prefer Eternity in Heaven or Eternity in Hell. My choice? Hell? NO! Heaven? Yes! From this perspective I will not be ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ! I know in whom I have placed my trust and I will not back down from that!
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy to remind him to carry on the mission of Christ…to fan it into flame to ignite others and to never be ashamed of the Lord. I can imagine the early Christians facing all kinds of ridicule, mockery, imprisonment and death…Paul’s words go beyond basic embarrassment or shame it picks at the very heart of being a Christian. We are to be in essence gate keepers of heaven…guides if you will to the one who holds the keys of heaven and eternal life – Christ himself.
When we shy away from this role, when we passively allow injustices to occur and we look the other way because we’re afraid to get involved or how it will look we may as well be gate keepers of hell. I know that sounds pretty harsh but we have to stand for something or else we’ll fall for anything or allow anything to go in this life. And if we’re wise in our understanding of scripture we ought to acknowledge that scripture certainly doesn’t endorse an ‘anything goes’ notion in this life.
Timothy took up the gauntlet from the Apostle Paul. He did continue in spreading the word of Christ to all the world. He was a pivotal early church leader.
In our lives are we ashamed of Christ? Are we afraid to share our faith of Him to those we meet? I’m not talking about handing out “Get Saved Or Else” pamphlets here. I’m talking about developing trusting relationships with people so that when you present the gospel you are making a lasting impact on them. Being unashamed is a part of the role of a Christian. We can’t do this in our own strength however. We need the strength and power of the Holy Spirit to get it right and to be effective.
Ashamed? If we allow hell to prevail…I say Hell no! Stand up, be bold, be unashamed..and heaven Yes!