2 Timothy 1:12
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
One of the things that every believer will have to overcome is not to be ashamed of what God has called them to do when things don’t seem to be going right. Satan is always trying to destroy the confidence of the believer, and one way he does it is by showing the supposed happiness and success of the lost or worldly believer.
Paul had to fight this, but he overcame it and said that he was “not ashamed.” Paul sat in prison when he made this statement. He was not on the mountaintop after experiencing great success in his ministry, but he was in the prison cell and didn’t know if he would ever take another journey in his life to start another church. The steps that Paul followed to keep from being unashamed of his calling are the same steps you must take to be unashamed of being a Christian. Let me share these steps with you.
First, embrace your calling. In verse 11, Paul reiterated the calling of God on his life. Never forget that you are called to carry the Gospel to the lost world. Whether you are a preacher or a serving believer, both are called to tell the lost about Christ. You must embrace your calling to reach the lost and stop looking for another way of life if you are going to be unashamed of your calling.
Second, expect and accept suffering. If you serve the LORD, you are going to suffer ridicule and rejection from the world. Just because you are serving God doesn’t mean everything is going to be easy. If the only time you embrace the calling to reach the lost for Christ is when times are easy, you will quickly quit sharing the Gospel to the lost when times get a little tough. Stop looking for the easy way to serve Christ, and accept the hardness and suffering of serving Christ as a challenge to show the LORD’s power.
Third, know in Whom you believe. Paul knew the God he served, and that is what kept him going. You will never keep going in the tough times if you don’t spend much time in the prayer closet getting to know your God. It is in the prayer closet where you get to know God the best, and the empty prayer closet always results in the believer having a barren fruit basket of souls that they have reached for Christ.
Fourth, keep hope in the sovereignty of God. Paul understood that God knew what He was doing, and you must understand that God still knows what He is doing in your life even though you can’t see the end out of the troubles you face. You are going to have to believe that God is doing a work in your life and that He will never stop until He accomplishes His purpose for your life.
Fifth, don’t quit. The greatest achievement you will conquer is to overcome the urge to quit. If you are unashamed of your calling, you will find that overcoming the urge to quit won’t be real hard to overcome.
Sixth, be filled with the Holy Ghost. Verse 14 shows that you will only stay unashamed and keep doing what you are supposed to be doing by being filled with God’s power. My friend, you will never achieve being unashamed of Christ and your calling in your own power, you will only achieve this through the power of the Holy Ghost.