2 Timothy 1:3-7 (NKJV) 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, 5 when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Evidently, Timothy was on the Apostle Paul’s prayer list. My friends, who is on your prayer list. I hope that your pastor is on your prayer list. Timothy is close friend of Paul, and Paul is a close friend of Timothy. Paul was Timothy’s mentor, teacher, and friend. In fact, Paul calls Timothy “my dearly beloved son.” Thus, the news of Paul’s arrest troubled Timothy greatly. Paul writes to Timothy, “as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy.” Paul was a Jewish convert, but Timothy and his mother and grandmother converted to Christianity when he was about sixteen years old during Paul’s visit to their home at Lystra. So, Timothy grew up in a Christian home, although it is not known if his father, who was a Greek, if he was a believer. Nevertheless, Paul writes to Timothy, “when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.” My friends, salvation is a personal thing, but a life lived for Christ surely has an effect on those whom you love. At the time of Paul’s second letter to Timothy, Timothy would have been around 33 years old. Timothy was like a son to Paul, for he worked with Timothy since he was about 16 years old. And now that they are both older, Paul considers Timothy a partner in the ministry. Paul shared with Timothy the gift of teaching the Word of God. Timothy was the one who could carry on the teaching and preaching of Paul, for they were together in the ministry. Timothy is now in Ephesus, and there were a lot of distractions there and many critics there. But Paul admonishes Timothy to “stir up the gift of God which is in you.” Timothy had a gift for teaching and preaching, and Paul did not want Timothy to be reluctant to teach the whole counsel of God. Paul writes to Timothy, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Paul is saying don’t be a coward. God has given you power, love, and discipline. My friends, we all could use this admonishing, I think that many of us need to get outside of our comfort zones and step out by faith to utilize the gift that God was given us.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.