God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord.
– 2 Timothy 1:7-8
If we feel ashamed about showing others that we are with Christ, and to tell others about Him, then there is something of fundamental importance that is missing from our faith. An uncomfortable Christian does not really have faith, and that can only be the result of not really knowing Christ – which means that there is no personal and intimate relationship with Him.
Imagine becoming a friend of some internationally well-known and respected personality, – royalty, political, business, sport, entertainment, whatever – who will gladly be in your company day-in, day-out, would you be ashamed to tell others about it? Absolutely not! I am sure that I would be so honoured and delighted, that at every opportune moment, even if discreetly, I would somehow or other make it known to others o my very special and close friend is…and why I am so thrilled about it!
Is Christ anywhere up there in my list of “favourites”? Does Christ place second to anything or anybody else in that list?
Holy Spirit, come and fill me with a bold and confident faith.
Come Holy Spirit, and fill me with that special kind of love
that only God can place in the heart of man.
Come Holy Spirit,
and give me the willpower, self-discipline and discernment
which I so desire to have to proclaim my friendship with Christ and His love for me
– through my words and my actions,
at every opportune moment that You give me.
Come Holy Spirit, and make a true Christian out of me.