Saturday Spotlight: Timothy

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If Timothy comes your way, be sure to make him feel welcome among you, because he is working for the Lord, just as I am.  1 Corinthians 16:10

 

Timothy was a young believer born of a Christian mother and a Greek father. Devoted to God, Timothy carried the Good News to countless others. He was a close companion and assistant to Paul and accompanied Paul on many of his mission trips. This companionship also served as an apprenticeship. Eventually, Paul began sending Timothy out on his own to share the faith with others. Deep trust and affection developed between the two, as Paul referred to Timothy as his dear son in the faith.

 

Timothy was faithful to God and served Paul and those to whom Paul sent him with love. Paul apparently did what he could to support Timothy in his ministry. Paul guided him by sending letters of instruction and encouragement. Paul also reached out and invited others to make sure Timothy would find a warm welcome when his travels took him to parts unknown.

 

Who are the Timothys in your life? Who carries the message of love and hope to you? How are you a Timothy to others? Who looks up to you as a model for living the life of faith? Who offers you help in your service to others? Who have you grown close to while working toward a mutual goal? Think about these people today. If they come your way, offer them a warm welcome and sign of affection. If not, seek them out and express your affection or offer an encouraging word. You don’t have to write them an epistle…an email, tweet, or phone call works, too.

 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for those who encourage and help me in my spiritual journey. Help me model faith in you for those who look to me.

 

Reflection: Who has mentored and encouraged you on your spiritual journey? Who have you encouraged or mentored? Who might need a warm welcome today?

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All Bible quotes are from the Good News Translation unless otherwise noted.

 

It is reassuring that Jesus called fishermen and tax collectors to be his followers. These were laymen, not Scripture experts. It is wise to seek guidance from religious scholars and clergy who have studied Scripture to avoid errors in interpretation. But the Bible is also a gift given to each of us, to use as a basis for prayer and meditation.

 

I’m not a Biblical scholar; I’m an expert only on my own experience. Following the Scripture passage is a brief meditation along with a question or two as a springboard for your own reflections. Please feel free to share your own thoughts or insights on the passage by adding a comment. All comments are moderated, so please allow some time for your comment to be posted.

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