I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession — 1 Timothy 6:13

At this moment, Paul is giving Timothy a charge that I think is one given to all believers. It's a charge to live out his confession before those who will oppose him in the sight of God and all his creation.

This is the hardest thing about being a Christian. It's living out personal convictions in the public arena. It's learning how to go public with our faith in a way that clarifies sin, elevates salvation, and brings glory to God, not attention to ourselves. We learn to make this confession before believers by declaring Jesus as our Savior and Lord. But this is only the first of many confessions we will have to make in this lifetime. We now have to make daily confessions to believers and the world. And this is where our faith and confession are tested. It's with those who do not share our faith in Jesus. And I believe each of us will have a moment we will stand before great opponents — our Pontius Pilate. At this moment, we stand in our arena.

So, how are you faring in the public confession of your faith? With friends, family members, peers, or professionals who do not share your same faith in Jesus? Consider it. How do you fare?

If you are not sure, do me a favor. Get in the arena today. Confess your faith in one small way today—just one time. And maybe you'll discover Paul was right to charge Timothy to step into the arena before the presence of God, who gives life to all things.

ASK THIS: So, how are you faring in the public confession of your faith?

DO THIS: Get in the arena today.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the courage to step into the arena today. Prepare me for my moment!

PLAY THIS: Courage.

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