Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4, 2 Timothy 1:1–14, Luke 17:1–10
 
Alleluia. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. Alleluia.
 
“Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord.”  These are the words that Paul writes to Timothy as he endures imprisonment and persecution for the proclamation of the Gospel.  I can’t imagine the faith, courage and fortitude that it takes for someone like Paul to continue to preach the Gospel in the midst of an active persecution.  In our context, we are often given the opportunity to marvel at the perseverance and dedication martyrs have to their confession of faith but rarely do we anticipate having to make dying declarations of our own.  On the one hand, we can rejoice and be thankful for our peaceful existence.  On the other hand, I can’t help but wonder if this simply makes us “comfortable Christians.” 

There is nothing wrong with being comfortable.  If, however, being comfortable becomes your goal or your idol, then Satan has found a way to lead you astray.  If remaining comfortable is your goal, then you will be tempted to sacrifice you belief in order to maintain that status quo.  Willing to compromise what you believe because you are scared of being uncomfortable in the future.  Therefore, it is my prayer that we do not become so comfortable that we become “ashamed of the testimony of our Lord,” as Paul writes to Timothy for in our Gospel, because we have nothing of which to be ashamed.  The Gospel of Christ does not cause shame and fear, it erases it.
 
Christ on the cross is not our shame, it is our glory because following the cross there is an empty tomb and believing the empty tomb means that, one day, our tomb will be empty also.   Do not forget about our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer in ways we cannot imagine.  In the same way, try not to become too much of a “comfortable Christian.”  Pray boldly.  Proclaim boldly.  Confess
Christ.  Cling to His cross.  He has already overcome the persecution of the world and he did it for you.
 
-Pastor Joshua Errer 
 
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness,
by Your grace hear the prayers of Your Church.
Grant that those things which we ask in faith we may receive through
Your bountiful mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
 
He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in
all your ways. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his
holy name!