Pray – (1/2 minute)
Read – (3 minutes) “He came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was a Jewess and a believer, but whose father was a Greek. The brothers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.” (Acts 16:1-2)
Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
A dad asked his son, “Do you know why people call me a Christian?” His son replied, “Maybe it’s because they don’t know you.” I hope that would not be a reply to me. It definitely would not have been in reference to Timothy. He was a young man who had made Jesus His Master. He lived out his Christian commitment in a way that reflected the character of Christ. He had a good reputation in both his hometown and beyond.
I believe one of the key things that helped Timothy become such an outstanding testimony for Christ was that he chose strong Christian mentors to emulate. I’m sure he loved his dad, but his dad was not a believer. Timothy didn’t follow his dad’s spiritual example. He followed the example of his mother and grandmother. He was encouraged by other older believers in Lystra and ultimately, the Apostle Paul became his mentor and father in ministry. Hebrews 6:12 says, “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Find good examples to emulate in your life and remember that someone is also looking at you.
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