Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Timothy...


Timothy was Paul's convert and companion. He first appeared as Paul's disciple whose mother was a believer, but his father was a Greek.  His mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois were Christians.  

Timothy became a believer during Paul's first missionary journey and accompanied him for his other two journeys.  Timothy was a respected Christian in his hometown. On several occasions he was Paul's special representative. Timothy and Paul had a close bond, he probably knew Paul better than anyone else.  Timothy was almost like a son to Paul.  Timothy received two personal letters from Paul.

Timothy did have a few weaknesses or did make a few mistakes which include:
-He struggled with a timid and reserved nature.
-He allowed others to look down on his youthfulness.
-He was apparently unable to correct some of the problems in the church at Corinth when Paul sent him there.

From Timothy's life we can learn:
-Youthfulness should not be an excuse for ineffectiveness.
-Our inadequacies and inabilities should not keep us from being available to God.

Timothy's story is told in Acts, starting in Chapter 16.  He is also mentioned in Romans 16:21; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:10-11; 2 Corinthians 1:1, 19; Philippians 1:1; 2:19-23; Colossians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; 2:3-4; 3:2-6; 1 and 2 Timothy; Philemon, Hebrews 13:23.

'Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.'  Hebrews 13:23

unto next time...nel

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