Pass It On
And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2 Timothy 2:2
Timothy’s mother and grandmother had probably become believers when Paul made his first missionary journey to Derbe and Lystra. They passed on to Timothy the “sacred writings”—the Old Testament—and Paul’s teachings. By the time Paul returned to this area, Timothy was described as a “disciple” (Acts 16:1-2).
Paul was so impressed with Timothy’s faith that he invited him to become his apprentice. Paul had recently parted company with Barnabas because of a disagreement over their apprentice, John Mark (Acts 15:36-41).
Timothy became more than a apprentice. He became a companion, co-worker, and a “spiritual son” (1 Corinthians 4:17). Of all his companions, Paul mentions Timothy the most. Not only did Paul write two epistles to him, but Timothy is mentioned as with Paul as he wrote six epistles: 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon.
Paul began the church in Ephesus and spent three years there, but later put Timothy in charge. This would be a difficult job, not only because Paul was leaving for another missionary journey, but Timothy was young. And false doctrines were rising in the church. Paul told him to approach the battle ahead as a soldier (1 Timothy 1:3). His weapons would be “faith and a good conscience” (1 Timothy 1:18-19). Timothy had to believe God was in control and would guide him as he continued to seek him. He also had to have a good conscience because his enemies would be falsely attacking him. But foremost, Timothy had to pass on what he had learned from Paul.
When Jesus commissioned his twelve disciples, he told them to go “and make disciples of all nations.” Obviously, they couldn’t do this by themselves. Nor could Paul or Timothy. We too are to go and tell others who will then pass it on to others, to all nations.
Who are the Timothys in your life to whom you can entrust the gospel message you’ve seen and heard?
Do you have a story about passing on the gospel to others? See my story in another devotion: https://www.digdeeperdevotions.com/2016/02/22/mothers-day-legacy/
Nancy J. Baker
This devotion is part of our series on Not-As-Famous Men and Women of the Bible.