June 23, 2013

Jay Strother · 1 Timothy 1:1-7

The Apostle Paul writes this letter to his protege and friend Timothy when his death was imminent. What would be the topic and focus of your “last words” to someone with whom you had a deep and personal relationship?

In these opening verses, Paul thanks God for the key spiritual influences on Timothy’s life. He points to the truth that God in his grace uses a combination of people, calling, gifts, and our own self-discipline to shape us. What influences have most shaped you?

Paul, as mentor, and Lois and Eunice, as grandmother and mother, were the people who most influenced Timothy with the gospel. Who has most impacted your life? Have you shared with them your gratefulness? If not, write them a note or make plans to share with them in person the difference they have made in your life.

Working through these people, a naturally timid and young Timothy (see 1 Timothy 4:12) was affirmed in his gifts and calling, and he became a great leader in the early church. How can you affirm the value of the people in your home so they can embrace who God made them to be?