Read: Acts 16:2-3 “The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. 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.”
Today, we will learn more about Timothy. These verses give us a little further snapshot into his personal character.
First of all, we see that the other believers in Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him. So, it is safe to assume that he had a good overall reputation.
Secondly, we also see that Paul wanted to take Timothy along on his journey. This was the beginning of a very strong and meaningful friendship between the two. Eventually we will see that Timothy actually became like a son to Paul. Their friendship was rooted in their faith in Jesus and their shared purpose of spreading the gospel message.
Thirdly, in this same verse we also see that Paul arranged to have Timothy circumcised. Timothy’s willingness to be circumcised as a very young adult is further evidence of his commitment to his faith. Now, Timothy was not required to be circumcised to “prove” his faith. Rather, Timothy chose to be circumcised so as to avoid any potential problems due to his mixed ethnic background. His mother and grandmother were Jewish believers who truly helped to shape his life and promote his spiritual growth. His father, on the other hand, was Greek. Timothy was bold in his faith and wanted to avoid any potential confusion to others so that the message could be the focus!
Take a moment and pause. Spend some time in prayer and reflect upon what message the Holy Spirit might have for you as you learn about the life and mission of Timothy.