Timothy was a young preacher and missionary in the early church. He accompanied the apostle Paul on some of his travels and learned a lot from him. The books of 1 and 2 Timothy in the Bible were two letters from Paul to Timothy.
Timothy was the son of a Jewish lady converted to Christ, called Eunice, and a Greek man. His mother and grandmother, Lido, were examples of true faith and from his childhood he learned the Scriptures. At a young age, Timothy believed in the gospel and had a good reputation in the region where he lived ( 2 Timothy 1: 5 ; 2 Timothy 3:15 ).
The apostle Paul met Timothy in a city called Lystra and decided to take him on his next trip. Timothy was half Jewish but he was not circumcised. So, to avoid scandal among the Jews, Paul circumcised Timothy ( Acts 16: 1-3 ). Timothy became Paul’s frequent companion on his travels.
See also: what is circumcision in the Bible?
Timothy visited churches in various places, teaching, encouraging and bringing news. Paul trusted Timothy and recommended him to the churches, because he was faithful and responsible, despite being young ( 1 Corinthians 16: 10-11 ). Timothy became like a son to Paul.
Timothy faced several challenges in his ministry. He had received the gift of leadership and teaching, but some people despised him because he was young. He also had to confront people in Ephesus who were teaching false doctrines. He was in prison for a while but was released. Paul was concerned about Timothy, because he was often ill ( Hebrews 13:23 ; 1 Timothy 5:23 ). Timothy’s life was not easy.
What can we learn from Timothy’s life?
- Using gifts– Timothy had received the gift of leadership; he didn’t wait until he was older but sought Paul’s help to use this gift correctly
- Respect– Timóteo always respected his mentor, Paulo, and stayed by his side in the most difficult moments
- Good character– Timóteo has earned respect through his righteous life and his correct and true teaching
- Faithfulness– Timothy never strayed from the true gospel, even when he faced difficulties