February 8, 2022 — Too Timid?

“I was reading in the apostle Paul’s second letter to his friend Timothy the other day,” Stan commented, “and I was reminded of some old humor that’s important for my faith walk.”

“Humor that’s important for your faith walk? How so?”

“Paul wrote to Timothy about not being timid,” Stan replied, “and that reminded me of the story of the wife who said to her husband, ‘Are you a man or a mouse? Squeak up!’”

“You’re right, Stan,” I said with a smile, “that’s old!”

“It may be old,” Stan replied, “but the truthful impact of it for me and my faith walk doesn’t get old.”

“What truthful impact?”

“Two parts,” Stan said, “First, where would I be in my relationship with God if everyone had been too timid to speak the truth of the gospel to me?”

“Secondly,” he continued, “what about the people who don’t know the truth and won’t know it if I’m too timid to tell them?”

“I see what you mean,” I replied. “Is that what Paul was writing to Timothy about?”

“It seems to me that’s what he was writing to Timothy,” Stan said, “as well as what he was writing to each one of us who reads that God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and discipline.”

“Power, love, and discipline.” I repeated. “Where’s that supposed to come from?”

“You tell me,”Stan replied.

“Well,” I said, “I guess it can come only when I get the limiting aspects of self out of the way and allow the power, love, and discipline of the indwelling Holy Spirit to have its way in and through me.”

“More than a guess, my friend,” Stan responded.

“Just think,” he added, “where would the church be if everyone was too timid? And where will it be if everyone is too timid?”

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Bible verses to consider:

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7.

Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23.

Prayer:  Thank you, Father, for those people you brought into my life who were not too timid to tell me the truth so I could accept your free and gracious gift of life eternally with you when my time here is completed. I confess that too often I am too timid to tell others of your provision so they, too, can accept it and have the assurance of life eternally with you. I am timid because I do not get self out of the way and claim all of the power, love, and discipline of the Holy Spirit. Please forgive that foolishness. And please, Father, help me in following every step of your lead so I am not timid in manifesting and telling others of the truth of all of your provision. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Think on this: If you have the assurance of salvation for when your time here is completed, it’s likely because someone was not too timid to tell you the truth. Have you thanked that person for not being timid? How about you? Are you timid in sharing the truth of the gospel so that others are denied the opportunity to accept the truth? If so, what is that all about? If you sense the need to overcome timidity, how is that going to happen? Is that what you want? Why or why not?

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