Unashamed of Shame

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God (2 Timothy 1).

To be ashamed of something is to deny association with it. Though it is never expressly written, this is exactly how the disciples felt when they abandoned Jesus in the garden. The irony is, no matter what they did, shame would not be denied.  For even their willingness to suffer in shame alongside Him—only reminded them how they had once felt shame in being associated with Him.

“Not [being] ashamed of the testimony of our Lord” carries a willingness to suffer shame on His behalf, and to “join with [others] in suffering for [His] gospel.”  And here’s the thing: it takes the very “power of God” in the life of someone to make him or her willing to do this. Not only is timidity (verse 7) conquered by the power of God—so is shame.

Lord, overpower us This Day with Your love and grace, that any and all timidity or shame in our lives might be conquered. Help us not to be ashamed of bearing shame for You and Your Gospel. Amen.