June 11, 2020
1 Timotius 4:12-16 (NASB) Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe. UNTIL I COME, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.
The passage above is a part of Paul’s letter to Timothy. We know that Paul entrusted the Church in Ephesians to be led by Timothy. Paul wanted to make sure that Timothy could lead the congregation in one spirit, destiny, and agenda. Therefore, Timothy ‘could not play around’. That’s the way Paul ‘saved Timothy and the congregation’. Because regardless of all, the congregation will surely compare Timothy against Paul. There is a chance for the congregation to reject Timothy.
That’s why Timothy opened himself to such an extent to be corrected and built by Paul in all aspects. And what’s amazing is, Timothy ‘didn’t feel that he owned’ the congregation. Timothy always longed for Paul to be with the Ephesians. If Timothy lives today, there is a big chance that he will play the recordings of Paul’s messages in the congregation. Because why ‘bother’ ‘preaching’ if Paul is there? Because even though Timothy said that his sermons are better than Paul, that’s merely his feelings deceiving himself. Because Paul and Timothy’s time of shaping is far too different. Paul has built an ‘undeniable’ integrity, reputation, and dedication, both in time and capacity. That’s the reason God placed him as the spiritual father of Timothy. And Timothy has an accurate heart attitude; he always opens the door of the Ephesians whenever Paul wants to speak.
This morning, I learned something from Timothy. He is not someone who has the ambition to replace Paul among the congregation in Ephesus. He also never felt that he is better, greater, or more important than Paul within the congregation. Instead, Timothy positioned himself to such an extent so the Ephesians stay ‘oriented’ to every word of God delivered by Paul. Timothy understood very well that in order to keep the MOVEMENT rolling, alignment of revelation is needed. The congregation needs to keep carrying the same spirit, destiny, and agenda like the one Paul received from the Lord.
Truly, the important point we could learn from Timothy is the aspect of DEATH! Yes, death from self, from personal agenda, and death from the ambition to ‘make a name’. In the end, it’s no wonder that God raised Timothy to continue Paul’s apostolic calling in their time.
So, there is no other way to ensure the continuation of God’s movement but through the path of DEATH. The same path of death that Timothy went through, that’s the path we must go through! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus