Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us. (2 Timothy 1:1-14, NRSV)
How often do you talk about your children?
Do you show pictures of them and talk about their latest catch at the football game or their great success at the swim meet?
Not that there is a problem with this, children and grandchildren are a blessing that God has given us to share with those around us, like all of the blessings that God has given us.
But I wonder do you talk about the fact that God blessed you with those blessings?
In our reading today Paul writes to Timothy from prison. He is in prison for preaching the Gospel. He is in prison for telling of all God had done for him and could do for everyone else.
Now most of us will not be put in prison for preaching the gospel or saying our children are a gift from God, so I wonder why we don’t do that?
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but a spirit of power and love and we need to use that spirit to share the greatest blessing we all have, the love of God.
Share your faith with others, as simply as sharing the latest meet scores.