God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 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 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace (2 Tim. 2:7-9).
Missionary Myron Klaus spent many years in Costa Rica with the poorest of the poor. His mission focused on orphaned, urban children who took shelter and food from the country’s garbage dumps.
Trying to educate these children to survive and flourish has been a monumental task. But one successful technique involved training them in public speaking and entering them in local competitions.
One boy did particularly well and won the national championship, which came with an invitation to speak to the president and his wife.
Meeting with the president caused some anxious thoughts, yet the child not only used his skills to speak boldly, but also to tell of his affection for his president – and his Savior.
Understanding that the grace that holds us is from the King of the Universe enables us to stand before presidents, employers, family, and friends with bold witness of the Savior who loves us. Knowing that we are held by the God whose love is unconditional and unending releases us from fear and for Jesus!
Heavenly Father, may confidence in your grace release me from a spirit of fear and enable me to speak for my Savior. Help me remember the One who gave himself for me is the King who also equips me for his eternal purposes.