Young Samuel did not have a role model in leadership. Eli was old and had lost all sense of discernment. His sons “were worthless men” because of their immoral conduct at the tent of meeting (1 Samuel 2:12, 22). It was only the influence of a mother who feared the Lord that Samuel had spiritual instincts that caused him to listen for the Lord to speak to him.
We should be very thankful for godly role models in leaders. Timothy had a godly model in Paul and he followed that model (2 Timothy 3:10-11). As we review both letters Paul wrote to this young man, there is hardly any subject that is not addressed which Timothy would face in the future after Paul is martyred in Rome.
One of Paul’s outstanding statements to Timothy comes right after stating that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (1:7). After affirming this truth, Paul continues by saying, “Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God” (2 Timothy 1:8).
This world is full of ‘intimidations.’ They are usually aimed at making us fearful or even ashamed to tell others about our salvation in Jesus Christ. DON’T BE ASHAMED! “It is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16). DON’T BE ASHAMED either of the person who taught you the gospel. As Paul suffered for the gospel, so would Timothy. As you and I treasure the gospel that as been given to us, we will be willing to suffer “by the power of God” so millions more will hear and be saved.
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