Lifelines May 12, 2019

It is impossible to put a price on a good person.  To find someone who is faithful, dependable and trustworthy is to discover a rare gem.  Timothy was just such a man (Acts 16:1-5).  The brethren vouched for his quality, and he seemed a good partner for an evangelist who was on a mission for God.  Paul had just rejected John Mark and split with Barnabas because of it.  This was a high compliment for a young man, and he did not disappoint.

His name appears in much of the correspondence from Paul to the early churches.  His influence was felt in the development and growth of those congregations.  He proved to be so trustworthy that he was left in Ephesus to work with the church there.  His solid faith was no accident, and it didn’t come from dear ole dad.

His father is mentioned but once, and that pointed to a contrast with his Jewish mother who had evidently converted to become a Christian.  The influences that shaped Timothy were that believing mother and his grandmother.  They were known to Paul as women of genuine faith (2 Timothy 1:5).  There was nothing superficial or hypocritical about these two ladies, and they brought up a boy who would become a man of exemplary faith.

It is clear that his upbringing was largely shaped by the word of God (2 Timothy 3:14-15).  He had not only been educated with the right information, but had also taken it to heart.  He was convicted in childhood.  Faith is shallow, if it exists at all, where information is lacking.  He was taught.  He got it, did not let it go and touched his world.  Lois and Eunice sure knew the right textbook to use in raising a child of integrity.

The sacred writings imparted wisdom.  They still do.  Without the wisdom that the Scriptures give, we live foolishly.  So will our children.  Preparing a child for a sinful world full of temptations is a challenge, and parents need all the help they can get.  Timothy was provided with the right literature to guide him into becoming a man of faith in Christ.  That faith saves souls, and there is no greater reward than that for parenthood.

He is described as a bond-servant of the Lord (Philippians 1:1).  Paul sends greetings to the Roman Christians on behalf of his fellow worker, Timothy (Romans 16:21).  The apostle looked at him and saw more than simply someone who shared his mission, he saw a son in the faith whom he loved (1 Corinthians 4:17).  That is just a glimpse at him.  He was quite a man.

 A faithful mother is to thank.  More than sermons and Bible classes, a mom’s influence shapes a child.  Timothy could tell us.  They are irreplaceable.  Thanks ladies, and Happy Mother’s Day.  There’s nobody like you.