Acts 16:1-5 (JDV)
Acts 16:1 Paul went on to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but his father was a Greek.
Acts 16:2 The brothers and sisters at Lystra and Iconium testified about him.
Acts 16:3 Paul wanted Timothy to go with him; so he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, since they all knew that his father was a Greek.
Acts 16:4 As they traveled through the towns, they delivered the decisions reached by the missionaries and elders at Jerusalem for the people to keep.
Acts 16:5 So the congregations were strengthened in the faith and increased daily in numbers.
We know that Timothy’s mother and grandmother were believers, but the only thing we know about his father is that he was a Greek. His father apparently had no influence on his upbringing, at least on his religion. Here Timothy is at a major crossroads in his life, and another man — Paul — steps in to mentor him. But, what a man, and what a mentor.
Timothy might have had a reason to complain about his past, but it made this glorious adventure possible. He was going to have the opportunity to do missions work alongside Paul. He would benefit from training and fellowship that could not have happened anywhere else.
Timothy could have felt unworthy of this blessing because of his past, and walked away from it. But he grabbed the bull by both horns and hung on. He had learned to accept the blessing of the present, and be grateful.
Lord, thank you for the opportunity we have to live today, to serve you today, and to experience today’s miracle.