Philippians 2:19
A Certain Disciple… Timothy

19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

From diverse cultural heritages
Contrasted by reason and faith
A natural tendency to be timid
Struggles with a personal bent of quietness
Looked down on because of his youth
Mentored by a man of opposite nature
Overwhelmed at times by the challenges given him –
In spite of his struggles – ready to serve.

A genuine believer, of that there is no doubt
Respected by those who knew him best
Submissive to whatever was necessary for effective service
Unhesitating to act on the guidance and desire of elders
Willing to learn when young and adapt when older
Could work with others of different nationalities and cultures
Faithful in times of adversity – loyal to those who led him –
A learner in the true sense – sent to serve.

Trustworthy when problems arise
Able to accomplish what was expected of him
Even when failure came – not one to quit
Patient with the unruly; firm in the scriptures
Kind to all – able to see beyond the obvious
Willing to take orders and do so uncomplaining
A heart that can blend in to the heart-exercises of another
From apprentice to leader – able to serve.

“I wonder if in some ways, Father God, I am like Timothy. Sometimes I am timid and other times bold. Often I would rather follow than lead. I guess I am past the place where I can follow others much. Those I knew best and followed are at home in heaven. I pray I will be a true follower of Thee, and a kind and sensitive leader of others. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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