2 Timothy 4:9-15
9 Do your best to come to me quickly. 10 Demas has deserted me. He has gone to Thessalonica. He left me because he loved this world. Crescens has gone to Galatia. Titus has gone to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you. He helps me in my work for the Lord. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring my coat. I left it with Carpus at Troas. Also bring my scrolls. Most of all, bring the ones made out of animal skins. 14 Remember Alexander, the one who works with metal? He did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will pay him back for what he has done. 15 You too should watch out for him. He strongly opposed our message.
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is essentially a personal letter, but this section of scripture gives an intriguing and rare insight into the personal relationships that Paul was maintaining at the time of writing. History suggests that he was likely under house arrest in Rome at the time he wrote it.
For me, this passage fits beautifully with the vision for C3 Church Carlingford “In your going, make disciples” as it gives insight into some of the ways that the great leader Paul related to those that he was discipling.
Interestingly, Paul says of Mark in verse 11 “he is very useful to me for ministry.” shows that the conflict that Paul had involving Mark in Acts 15:36 was able to be resolved to the point where Mark was clearly a trusted disciple by the time that Paul wrote to Timothy. This is such a great example to us on the importance of maintaining hope that even the most damaged relationships are able to be restored when Christ is at the centre!
Lord, I pray that I will be able to disciple others well, that I will be able to have friends that I can trust in times of need and that you will help me to see people with Your eyes, especially when I am in conflict with them!
Written by Justin Ware