Rev. Greg Haseloff – “Courageously”
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” -- II Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)
As the church in the western part of the world experiences the realities of living in a “post-Christian” society, we face many temptations to be in a defensive posture. The temptations of this posture can affect our individual witness, our vocational calling, and how a new generation of Christian leaders embrace the entirety of Jesus’ calling.
In Paul’s writing to Timothy he declares that “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice.” Former Baltimore Colts player Joe Ehrmann lays out four traits that reflect the characteristics of a Christian living missionally . The book Season of Life gives these four traits of a person who lives for others: they accept responsibility, they lead courageously, they enact justice on behalf of others, and they expect God’s greater rewards.
The words of Joe Ehrmann embrace what Paul said to Timothy. A “spirit of cowardice” makes no contribution to the mission of the church or one person’s journey with Christ. For all who find themselves in the western church, let us pray for great courage to make the message of Jesus known through word and deed. May the Holy Spirit inspire each of us to not settle for a church in a defensive posture, but rather to be a living body that leads courageously in a world which desperately needs a message of hope.
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean & Campus Chaplain