Such a simple statement that has so much richness built in – “Timothy was well thought of by the believers”. Imagine what was involved in being well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium. Communication was not simple. For someone like Timothy to be well respected he would have had to be quite busy amongst the believers being ready to do all that was asked of him. He would have needed to interact with all the believers especially the leaders. He would have needed to live well looking after himself and his family.
It was all this that showed he was ready to take on a bigger role – to help Paul with God’s mission. Paul looked for someone reliable and well respected. He listened to the believers and took their recommendation on board.
Am I someone who would be picked from the crowd to step up? Have I done the small things when asked with a good attitude? Do I live well and am I growing in my relationship with God? Do I look to do all that God asks of me? Am I reliable and trustworthy?
Thank You Father that You give us skills and opportunities to be part of Your plans. Thank You that You walk with us every day helping us to grow in character, wisdom and usefulness. Help us to engage with You to learn all we can and grow into all You have for us to be.
Written by Therese Manning