“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 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 1:6–9, NIV 1984).
My Musings – The world, as it is becoming, is not for the timid. Over one and a half years into a global pandemic that reinvents itself with each mutation and with no assurance that it will ever go away or that the next mutation won’t be worse. Weather extremes that may have reached the tipping point beyond which there is no return. Insurrection and a breakdown in law and order in the self-proclaimed “last best hope” nation. The self-inflicted loss of confidence, authority and prestige that others may have had in the last remaining superpower (for now). A loss that will likely embolden nations and movements that do not value individual freedom as much as the “land of the free” and its allies do. A worldwide moral compass that is wandering further and further away from “true north.” Increasing numbers that either do not believe in God or are shaking their fists in anger at Him and any who follow His Son. And all this is just the beginning of “birth pains.” Only to increase in frequency and intensity. And finally, no definitive clue that the rapture of the Church will necessarily be pre-tribulation.
My Advice – This is the world we face. But we need not face it timidly, but with “a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” As Christ followers, we are not appointed to suffer wrath. However, “in this world [we] will have trouble. But take heart! [Jesus has] overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV 1984). So until He calls us, let’s “join with [Paul] 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.” Take Heart brothers and sisters. We’re on the winning team.