11 Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him;
12 if we endure,
we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
he will also disown us;
13 if we are faithless,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot disown himself. 2 Timothy 2:11-13
These words were written in light of the previous few verses on suffering. They are encouraging for those who have undergone suffering for His name. The words encourage because when people suffer for Christ, they often feel like they’re all alone, like Elijah felt after calling down fire from heaven and destroying the 450 false prophets (1 Kings 19:3-18).
Some of you reading this will be called on to suffer for Christ. You don’t know who you are now but when the time comes, these words will ring true. You will not like suffering – who does really? – but you will endure because you know that your suffering is not in vain. I pray that you will remain true to the Word of God and be bold when the time comes. You may be called to preach the word of God with your captors and those in authority above them. Be bold, knowing that the Holy Spirit will give you words to say at the time and that He is with you every step of the way. Amen.