Acts 16:1-3... 1 Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And a disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek,
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“In today’s reading we meet one of the most famous figures in biblical history: Timothy. This is the same Timothy to whom Paul wrote two letters of pastoral advice (1 and 2 Timothy). In our first introduction to Timothy here in Acts, three characteristics appear that are worth noting:
1) Timothy was “a disciple.” This fact alone is a testament to the grace of God. Timothy grew up in a culturally and religiously mixed home: his mother was a Jew and his father a Gentile. While we can surmise from Scripture that his mother and grandmother were believers (c.f. 2 Timothy 1:5), we don’t know about his father. Yet amid such a context of confusion, God miraculously opened Timothy’s eyes and he started following Jesus.
2) Timothy was “well-spoken of by the brethren.” v.2 This immediately identified Timothy as a qualifying candidate for pastoral ministry, as one who is “well thought of by outsiders” (1 Timothy 3:7). By God’s grace Timothy had not only been called out of darkness into light, but also to the work of the ministry.
3) Timothy, as one saved by God and called to the work of the ministry, was willing to do whatever it took for the gospel to go forward. This trait appears in the fact that he was willing to let Paul circumcise him at such a late age. v.3 Timothy willingly underwent it so that he would not be a stumbling block to the advance of the gospel among the Jews, who believed that children with Jewish mothers and Greek fathers should be circumcised. May we strive for a similar gospel zeal in our own lives and personal ministries!
- What characteristic of Timothy sticks out to you the most? What else do you know about Timothy from other portions of Scripture? ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________
- What are you willing to give up or forsake for the sake of the gospel? Take some time today to meditate on this question. Write out things that you would have a hard time letting go of or doing. ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________
Thank God for the testimony of Timothy. Ask that He would give you a similar gospel zeal. Pray over the list of things that you would have a hard time giving up or doing for the sake of the gospel. Ask that God would help you give those things over to Him.”
Henry Luke 12/28/2017
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