Episode ThemeServant-Working: Don’t wait to be older to serve the Lord. Serve Him today!
You are young, but do not let anyone treat you as if you were not important. Be an example to show the believers how they should live.
Young Timothy faced persecution, jail and nearly died (more than once)! He was a messenger for Paul the Apostle and served and preached in the church at Ephesus.
Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice were strong believers and faithfully raised Timothy to be an active Christian (2 Timothy 1:3-5). In Acts 16, Paul met Timothy. Many people praised Timothy’s faith and service. Timothy was a good speaker, and he understood both the Jewish traditions and Greek life. Paul began to teach Timothy, and because of Paul and Timothy’s work, the churches were strengthened in the faith, and more people believed.
Timothy became a pastor. He traveled with Paul to Philippi. Years later, Paul sent Timothy back to Philippi to serve that church. “But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me" (Philippians 2:19-23).
Paul called Timothy his true son in the faith. Timothy's faith in God made him strong. God had called Lois, Eunice and now Timothy for a special role to build up the early church. In I Timothy 4: 12, Paul encourages Timothy to use his gifts, “Don’t let anyone make fun of you, just because you are young. Set an example for other followers by what you say and do, as well as by your love, faith, and purity.”