Not Ashamed: Talking about Jesus
In the first of our three-part series on the theme of Not Ashamed for the Children's Corner of Grace News, we shared the story of Perpetua. In this second instalment, Rachel Wong shares with our children the example of Timothy and encourages our young ones (and us) to tell others about Jesus.
Every day in school you sing Singapore’s National Anthem and recite the Pledge, to show that you are proud to be a Singaporean. But how easy is it to say that you are proud to be a Christian? Are you happy and comfortable to say to your friends that you believe in Jesus and go to church every Sunday? It is more difficult isn’t it, which is puzzling really because being a Christian is much more important than being a Singaporean.
In the Bible we read of a young man who was not ashamed to stand up for the gospel. Timothy accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey, and later helped the church in Ephesus while Paul was in prison. Paul wrote to Timothy to encourage him to stay true to God’s word and to preach it boldly, even when people rejected it. In 2 Tim 1:8 Paul told Timothy, “do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord” and in 2 Tim 4:8 he said, “Preach the word. Be ready to do it whether it is convenient or inconvenient.” (Common English Bible) What about you? Are you ready at any time to tell people about Jesus?
Perhaps we have forgotten how important this is. Imagine you have been given a wonderful gift, not because you did anything to deserve it, but just because somebody loves you and wants you to be happy. Would you feel good about keeping it all to yourself instead of sharing it with your friends and family? In fact you might enjoy the gift even more if you share! Well, we do have a wonderful gift, and that is the gift of eternal life, which God gave us freely in Jesus. When we share this gift by talking about it, God can use what we say to give others eternal life too. Isn’t that amazing: all we have to do is talk about Jesus, and God does the rest! You don’t have to speak well or use big words, all you have to do is talk, because talking about Jesus is powerful and God is the One who persuades people that what you say is true.
Illustration by Deborah Yan
If you believe in Jesus, God has called you to tell others about Him and not to worry about what people think of you. People may make fun of you or criticise you, but that is not important compared to obeying God. So ask God for courage to talk about Jesus whether it’s convenient or not, just like Timothy. And don’t be ashamed to say, “I am proud to be a Christian!”
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