Day 4 Read: 2 Timothy 1:8-14
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, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher,12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
Reflect: What was Paul called to do (v. 9)? With what things had Paul been entrusted (vv. 11-12)?
Consider: Paul’s command that Timothy not “be ashamed” did not imply that Timothy was already ashamed and needed to cease such shame. The use of the Greek aorist tense suggests that at present Timothy was not ashamed. Paul wanted such shame never to begin, but he realized the possibility that it might.
Respond: What role does using your individual gifts well, or with excellence, play in demonstrating the gospel at work? What two skills do you feel you need to further develop? Why is your character in the workplace crucial in showing your credibility as a Christian?
 Thomas D. Lea and Hayne P. Griffin, 1, 2 Timothy, Titus, vol. 34, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1992), 190.