by Jill Duffield, Presbyterian Outlook editor
2 TIMOTHY 1:8-10
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
More than even your vocation, your holy calling entails the core value or values you want to live in faithfulness and glory to God. It bears witness to Jesus Christ and reflects your God-created uniqueness. Write down your moral framework, that which shapes your decisions and remains evident and consistent in your life. Does it reflect and reveal Jesus?
Lord, you enlist us to do your work in the world, to reveal your will and reflect your
character. You set us apart for divine purposes, not because we are worthy, but because you are good. Shape us in ways that show the world who you are, whose we are and how you want us to live together. Amen.