Do you need a reference letter?

From the Pastor’s Desk…

Philippians 2: 19 – 22 “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. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.”

Do you need a reference letter? You couldn’t ask for one better than what Paul wrote for Timothy. We learn about Timothy from different passages of Scriptures. He had a godly upbringing by his mother and grandmother (II Timothy 1: 5; 3: 15). He came under Paul’s ministry in Derbe (Acts 16: 1 – 3), and apparently joined him there, and was with him when he started the church in Philippi (Acts 16: 12). There seems to have been a genuine bonding between Paul and Timothy. In fact, that of father-son. If the Apostle Paul did not lead him to Christ, he at least played a major role in discipling him.

In spite of the glowing commendation that Paul gave to Timothy; he also had his weaknesses. In Paul’s epistle to Timothy, he make references to his youth (I Timothy 4: 12); his infirmities (I Tim. 5: 23); his shyness and fearfulness (II Timothy 1: 7 – 8); and his human frailty (II Timothy 2: 22). This seems to contrast with his letter of commendation that Paul gave in Phil. 2: 19 – 22. However, Paul was always transparent, and as with other writers of Scripture, he never tried to gloss over anyone’s failures. This was also seen in his rebuke to the Apostle Peter Galatians 2: 11 – 14.

What lessons can we learn from this? Here are several thoughts that should be helpful to us as we serve the Lord.

******* The person who is strongest is the weakest. II Cor. 12: 9

******* God has placed us in vessels of clay that we might always be mindful of how fragile we are. II Cor. 4: 7

******* If the Apostle Paul could say, “We are troubled on every side…we are perplexed”; it is alright for us to say the same! II Cor. 4: 8

******* We do not have to flaunt our weaknesses, but we should be honest enough to admit that we have weaknesses!

God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty!