Monday – October 14, 2019 – Generational Challenges
1 Timothy 1:1-2 (NIV) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
One of the greatest challenges between generations is that we don’t take the time or put forth the effort to get to know one another. Maybe that is because our interests are so often divergent. Paul takes the time and puts in the energy to get to know his young protégé, Timothy.
He identifies Timothy as a true son in the faith, a spiritual son. He knew him well and understood his personality. He tailored his introduction specifically to Timothy when he wrote his letters to him. He usually addressed those he wrote to with a greeting that included the words grace and peace. However, Timothy is the only one to whom he includes the word mercy. That related to his timid nature. Paul recognized his timid ways and spent time with him to bolster his confidence.
Timothy often travelled with Paul and saw his courage. He saw his self-sacrificial love; not just for Timothy but for others. He consistently witnessed Paul disadvantaging himself for the well-being of others, rather than what he saw in the world; those who disadvantaged others for their own well-being. It is sad but true, that often happens in the church, too; being in it for what you can get, rather than for what you can give.
Paul helped to instill courage in Timothy causing him to become one of his most trusted if not his most trusted ally. He is noted as one of the contributors to many of Paul’s other epistles. (Read the introductions to Paul’s other epistles). Timothy spent a lot of time with his spiritual father.
Prayer: Lord, help me to learn the value of time, how I invest it and who I invest it in; to understand that time can be invested, or it can be spent.