Paul and Silas were sharing the Gospel boldly. They came to Derby and Lystra and met Timothy. Paul was drawn to Timothy and knew He would be a great leader in the Church. So, Paul brought Timothy onto the team. Timothy was half Jewish but had never been circumcised. So, Paul had him circumcised so that he would be more effective in preaching to the Jewish people on their journey.
It was ironic, since they had just established that circumcision was not a prerequisite to being saved or part of the Church. Paul knew that it would save a lot of problems within the Jewish communities and give Timothy, a young preacher, one less issue to have to confront as he built up churches.
Paul was also intent to preach the Gospel to the people in Asia. So far, God said not to preach there. Every time Paul would start that way, God would stop Paul cold. Paul was faithful and followed God’s lead. Paul simply preached wherever the Spirit led. Then one night, Paul had a vision to go to Macedonia. That vision was like a flag releasing Paul and the mission to expand the Church in a new direction. Paul took off immediately.
The Church was growing daily. The men that God used to spread the Gospel would do whatever it took to lead as many as possible to the Lord. We must have that kind of boldness in our lives as well. We must be willing to make sacrifices, like Timothy, if that will open doors to lead people to Christ. We must be willing to wait and listen for God’s prompting to move forward; even if we are excited to take on a challenge. Sometimes, our timing and God’s simply do not align. His timing, however, is always perfect! We cannot confuse our enthusiasm to help God’s mission with God’s prompting and leadership. Our time in the word and in prayer will give us clarity and confidence as we move forward to serve Him.
God Bless You
Paul[a] came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brothers[b] at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those places, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. 4 As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions that had been reached by the apostles and elders who were in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and they increased in numbers daily.
The Macedonian Call
6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. 7 And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. 8 So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul[c] had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.