1 Corinthians 16:8-11
1Co 16:8 But I will stay on in Ephesus until the Pentecost celebration,
1Co 16:9 because Ephesus is proving to be like a large wide-open door, and I have many opponents.
1Co 16:10 When Timothy arrives, make sure that he feels comfortable working among you, because he is doing the work of the Lord just as I am;
1Co 16:11 So then, let no one treat him with disrespect. But send him on his way in peace so that he may come to me. Because I am expecting him to accompany the brothers.
Corinth was not one of those places where ministry was easy, and Paul knew that Timothy dreaded the assignment. He requested that the Corinthians make sure that he feels comfortable working among them. Actually, his literal request is that the Corinthians allow him to work among them without fear. The NLT says “don’t intimitate him.” Paul realised that Timothy was a ministry asset, because he was doing the Lord’s work. But Paulk also realised that many who are called to do the Lord’s work are chased away from that work by people who have no consideration of them. All of us have our limits. We need to be considerate of those who minister among us.
LORD, we value those you send to minister among us. Help us to treat them well, and give them no reason to fear us.