PIONEERS OF THE FAITH // SEPTEMBER 13, 2021
Paul came to Derbe and then to Lystra, where a disciple named Timothy lived, whose mother was Jewish and a believer but whose father was a Greek. The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him.
While on a missionary journey, Paul met a young believer named Timothy. Timothy had come to faith thanks to the influence of his mother and grandmother. They had prepared the way for him by being the first ones in their family to trust Jesus.
Those who are the first in their family to come to faith are pioneers preparing the way for others. Perhaps that is your story. Or perhaps you are the first in your company or neighborhood or class or __________ (you fill in the blank) to be a Christian. Or maybe you are not the first, but you are one of few. Regardless, your faith is not just about you. You are opening up doors for others.
Paul saw the potential in Timothy, so he took him under his wing to develop him. We need to do the same. Who has God put in your path to develop? Perhaps it's your children or extended family members. Maybe its your neighbor or co-worker. People are looking for others to mentor and coach them in their faith. It is okay if you do not feel qualified. If you keep yourself in an environment where you are being developed, you can share what you are learning with someone else.
A great way to develop yourself is to choose to be in community with like-minded people. This Wednesday, we launch a four-week Zoom Bible study on the book of James. Consider joining us. An investment in your development is an investment into those God has called you to reach.