“When Timothy comes, don’t intimidate him. He is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. Don’t let anyone treat him with contempt. Send him on his way with your blessing when he returns to me. I expect him to come with the other believers.”
1 Corinthians 16:10-11 NLT
Timothy was a young disciple who was being mentored as an apprentice under Paul. Paul first met Timothy in Lystra in his second missionary journey (see Acts 16:1-3). Timothy was a godly young man who was the son of a Greek father and Jewish mother. His mother and grandmother must have had significant influence on his faith.
“I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.” 2 Timothy 1:5 NLT
Paul trusted him and expected the Corinthian believers to accept and honor him with the same respect as they would him. In Paul's letter to Timothy, he instructs him not to let others discredit him because of his age. “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12 NLT
It isn't how old we are in years. When the anointing of the Holy Spirit is upon someone, His presence brings power and authority. God's call on a life carries with it a corresponding respect. Paul gave his personal endorsement to Timothy. For a young man to catch the eye and attention of Paul they had to have the hand of God on them. This was a significant recommendation.
Would to God we had more young men who were reared in the things of God. One of the major problems today is the absence of godly young men.
We need more Timothy's in our churches and society. It isn't about how old we are, it's about how well we know the Master. I've seen men who were elderly that were void of the knowledge of God. I've also seen some younger men who have better biblical understanding than men twice their age. Let's not just grow old, let's grow up in the Jesus. Let's pray for more young men like Timothy.
Prayer for today: Father, in Jesus name, give us young men like Timothy. Help us, as parents and grandparents, raise godly young men who will impact the world for Jesus Christ.
Rev. Curtis Norris