2 Timothy 1:8-9
8 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, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
If we are not willing to suffer for the gospel, then we don’t really understand that we have been chosen by God for salvation. We didn’t earn our way into this salvation by our own good works. God didn’t save us because we were more righteous than other people. Rather, he chose us for salvation based on “his own purpose and grace”—his eternal purpose and the grace that he had granted to us before time itself began (v. 9).
Because we haven’t earned our salvation, we are not to respond as hired help for the kingdom of God. Rather, we should be grateful to be chosen for salvation—an inestimable blessing that we never would have chosen on our own. In light of this holy calling, I need to consider how to change my life for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.