2 Timothy 4:9-15
9 Do your best to come to me quickly, 10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. 12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments. 14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because 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 Ps. Justin Ware