2 Timothy 1:1-12
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ[a] by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2 To Timothy, a beloved son:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Timothy’s Faith and Heritage
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, 10 but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.[b] 12 For this reason 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 what I have committed to Him until that Day.
The thing I love about Paul is that he was not ashamed. He was imprisoned, an Ex Christian murderer but when he came to know God he did not let go. The things he endured would make any of us be ashamed that we are believing in God and that a God we serve will allow such harsh treatment but Paul he was an amazing follower and Apostle. He knew that all her endured could be done with the power of God. See our calling is not something that is of Worldly things but it is a Holy calling. It comes straight from the throne. It has nothing to do with what you do on a daily basis but it is out of his love for you! He loves you and want to make you Holy, Your calling Holy, Your Children Holy, your finances Holy, All that surrounds you Holy! If he called you with a Holy calling all that comes into your existence has to line up with what God has said. Things that happen in our daily lives should not be predicated on our further. Paul knew this and that is why no matter what he was going through, where he was, the crazy people he encountered He know what his calling was and he knew God had his back. He was persuaded! So today saints no matter what may be your trouble remember you have a Holy Calling!