After a really busy weekend, listed here are some random ideas on this lovely passage from at the moment’s scripture: “…we despatched you Timothy, who’s our brother and God’s coworker in the excellent news about Christ. We despatched him to strengthen and encourage you in your faithfulness.”
For 10+ years, I served as God’s coworker on the Communications Staff at Church of the Resurrection. From writing/modifying copy for print, web site and e mail communication to posting on social media, I used to be blessed to share the excellent news in methods Paul and Timothy couldn’t even think about. Simply assume what these two early Christians might have executed by superbly designed graphics and inspirational movies posted on Fb or an invitational e mail. Definitely their journey time and bills would have been significantly decreased… However identical to we now are blessed to do by a wide range of digital platforms, Paul and Timothy sought to “strengthen and encourage” individuals the place they’re.
Within the King James Bible of at the moment’s scripture passage, the phrase “minister” is used as a substitute of “coworker.” On the church the place I grew up, our pastor would say that each member of the congregation was a minister. Not ordained ministers, in fact, however we had been charged to share our religion and to serve others from wherever we had been on our religion journey — very similar to Timothy was referred to as to do.
In my curiosity to be taught extra about this younger Christian, I put “Timothy” within the search bar on BibleGateway. From studying Paul’s letters to him in First and Second Timothy, I discovered Timothy’s early religion was influenced by girls. “I’m reminded of your genuine religion, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mom Eunice. I’m certain that this religion can be inside you.” 2 Timothy 1:5 Yesterday I joyfully celebrated Mom’s Day with my grownup youngsters. Over time since they left house and now not attend church on the extra common foundation of their childhood, I nervous whether or not my religion as I lived it helped them to develop in their very own. (“Mother” = fear) So once they ship a textual content asking me to wish for one thing they’re going by or for considered one of their buddies, a part of my ensuing dialog with God is to precise gratitude for the religion proven of their request for prayer.
Timothy didn’t have all of the solutions, as evidenced by Paul penning this to him in 1Timothy 4:16, “Deal with working by yourself improvement and on what you train. For those who do that, you’ll save your self and those that hear you.” Typically we’re referred to as to “minister,” to be “coworkers in the excellent news about Christ,” even once we don’t have all of the solutions. (Try methods to attach and be taught with others at cor.org/subsequent. Hey — as soon as a church communicator, at all times a church communicator!)
Allow us to encourage and stroll with one another wherever we’re in our faithfulness — and as we learn in 1 Timothy 6:2, “Compete within the good combat of religion!”