I, Paul, am on special assignment for Christ, carrying out God’s plan laid out in the Message of Life by Jesus. I write this to you, Timothy, the son I love so much. All the best from our God and Christ be yours! To Be Bold with God’s Gifts (2 Timothy 1:1, 2 MSG)
I love Paul’s attitude. “I may be in prison. All i can do is write letters. An occasional official comes to know Jesus. The Lord has me on special assignment.” It’s as if he’s got his tape on Mission Impossible and it just self-destructed.
His assignment, that he chose to accept, however unusual, is from God. He followed God’s instructions and how it has been courage and instruction down through the years and now to us from the Lord.
Paul says: “Be bold. Not be obnoxious, not be timid but unafraid and brave.” I was timid to tell an elderly friend about a relationship with Jesus. We were very close and i wanted her to receive it well. Someone showed me a way and i became excited to tell her. The Lord had used them to embolden me. So i talked to her and she came to know the Lord. Timid me couldn’t do this without the Lord’s work on my heart. And i’ve never had this privilege before or since.