SPIRITUAL PARENTS

Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:19-24

“But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.” (Philippians 2:22)

We all need to be developing spiritual sons and daughters. Paul and Timothy had such a relationship. Paul was Timothy’s spiritual father. He embraced Timothy, discipled him, mentored him and deeply loved him. Paul prepared Timothy for a life of ministry.

Timothy was converted at an early age through the teachings and example of his mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois (II Timothy 1:5). Timothy was discipled by the apostle Paul. He was like a son to Paul, who poured his life into Timothy. Timothy was an eager student of the Scriptures (II Timothy 3:15).

Paul saw ministry potential in Timothy. He invested his life in this young man. He loved him as a son. Read I and II Timothy, the letters Paul wrote to Timothy, to get an idea of how Paul trained Timothy for ministry and for life.

The older we get the more need to find Timothys to mentor. We have the responsibility to develop younger men and women spiritually. Addressing older women Paul said — “They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled” (Titus 2:3b,4).

If you are older, who are the Timothys in your life? If you are younger, who are the Paul’s in your life. Even at my age, I still need Paul’s who will encourage me in my faith.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for the Pauls you have brought into my life over the years, older men who were willing to invest in me. Bring Timothys into my life and let me be a good example and mentor to them.

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