2 Timothy 1:6-14
And the special gift of ministry you
received when I laid hands on you
and prayed—keep that ablaze!
God doesn’t want us
to be shy with his gifts,
but bold and loving and sensible.
8-10So don’t be embarrassed to speak up
for our Master or for me,
Take your share of suffering
for the Message
along with the rest of us.
We can only keep on going,
by the power of God,
who first saved us and then called us
to this holy work.
We had nothing to do with it.
It was all his idea, a gift prepared
for us in Jesus long before we knew
anything about it. But we know it now.
Since the appearance of our Savior,
nothing could be plainer:
life vindicated in a steady blaze of light,
all through the work of Jesus.
11-12This is the Message I’ve been set apart to
proclaim as preacher, emissary, and
teacher. It’s also the cause of all this
trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets.
I couldn’t be more sure of my ground—
the One I’ve trusted in can take care of
what he’s trusted me to do right to the
13-14So keep at your work,
this faith and love
rooted in Christ,
exactly as I set it out for
you. It’s as sound as the day you first
heard it from me.
Guard this precious
thing placed in your
custody by the Holy Spirit
who works in us.