Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. 2 The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 3 Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.
This was the beginning of Paul and Timothy’s spiritual relationship and it grew so strong that Paul referred to Timothy as his own son in faith (1 Tim. 1:2). This is also once again a great example of the natural progression of discipleship. Prior to this, Barnabas was Paul’s disciple maker. Now that Paul has grown in his faith (note: growing in faith doesn’t equal perfect and or knowing everything), he is taking on Matthew 28:18-20’s mandate by discipling Timothy in a similar manner that he was discipled (Con).
Thoughts for the day
- Are you currently being discipled and or are you discipling someone else?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Reflect on a promise from the Bible. For example: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13.