Timidity and Power
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
My Grandma Chambers was the sweetest, nicest person you would ever meet. She was introspective; each morning would find her reading the Bible and meditating on the scriptures. Some people might even have called her timid until they heard her pray. Her morning prayers were fierce, intense, powerful conversations with God. It was like she became a totally different person. It was like watching Clark Kent duck into the phone booth to become Superman.
Paul is not telling Timothy that the Spirit will make everyone into extroverts. He does promise it will fill us with good gifts. A new power, an inner strength, that can only come from knowing God. A more profound and inclusive way to love that we didn't know was possible—also, the desire to listen to the Spirit and obey God's will for us. Although our human tendency may be to remain shy, the Holy Spirit emboldens and encourages us to do God's calling. We are forever spiritually changed.
God, we give you thanks for your Holy Spirit that forever changes us. Please help us listen to your voice and obey and bless our actions so others will see your glory. We pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.