Be Bold and Confident

Be Bold and Confident

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries1 Minutes

Writing to his young friend Timothy, Paul was concerned about the importance of not being ashamed of the Lord (or of Paul himself). This suggests that Timothy had been ashamed. Perhaps he had been reluctant to embrace an assignment or backed down in the face of confrontation. Perhaps he had been timid rather than bold.

Using himself as an example, Paul reminded Timothy that he was “not ashamed.” Why not? Because “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” (v. 12).

Because of this strong faith, Paul could be confident in every situation, never intimidated. Paul wanted Timothy to have this same level of confidence and to be totally trusting in God.

Paul reminded Timothy about the example of Onesiphorus. We see that Onesiphorus “was not ashamed of my chains” (v. 16). Timothy knew that Onesiphorus had “searched for [Paul] earnestly” in Rome and “often refreshed” Paul (v.16-17).

Since Onesiphorus wasn’t reluctant, Timothy should realize that he, too, could be bold and confident.

You might be hesitant to stand for Christ or be bold about your testimony for many reasons. As Paul reminded Timothy, seek to grow stronger in your confidence in God. Be sure that He is present with you. Totally trust in Him. Be ready to be a witness for the Gospel.