Acts 16:1-5

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. Paul wanted to take him along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.

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One response to “Acts 16:1-5

  1. I won’t be crude here, but this is a level of commitment that we don’t see today. Timothy wanted to serve and be with Paul, but Paul wanted him circumcised as a confirmation to other believers. Paul cut him, and Timothy, along in years, agreed to it. Then he walked along the way with Paul.

    I am sure that there was convalescing, but still, when Timothy was introduced to the physical price, he still went with it, and agreed to submit in this way in order to be able to serve.

    I want to serve on my terms. And if it hurts, I look for alternatives or ways out. A submitted heart takes on the pain and the discomfort and looks only to the service and the joy of being used.

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