Today I want to jump into looking at the legacy some of the people in the Bible have passed on to us. Eric shared earlier this year about how Moses left a legacy imprint on his life. Now I want to look at the imprint a few other Bible people have on the church and our lives as a whole. We start with the Legacy Life of Timothy.
Learning from Paul
Timothy worked with Paul. Paul taught Timothy, sent him to the nations, and trusted him completely. They traveled many journeys together. He was young but eager to do the work of God.
Timothy is well thought of by other believers (see Acts 16:2). He is a beloved and faithful child of God (see 1 Corinthians 4:17). Paul mentions in a letter that Timothy was doing the work of God. Timothy considered himself a slave of God, a man who genuinely cared for the welfare of others.
Timothy was tasked with discerning how strong the belief in God of other Christians was. He was given tasks of encouragement and the responsibility of strengthening others.
The Legacy Life of Timothy
The words spoken of Timothy speak of a man who had a deep faith and belief in Jesus. He understood the message he was sharing. Timothy understood his role in strengthening believers and helping to grow the church.
Timothy understood the need to learn from someone who’d gone before him. He saw the importance of traveling with a buddy to encourage and strengthen one another. Timothy is the example of how to be a young believer who was willing to do the work of the Lord. He took instruction from others and instructed those coming behind him.
Because he was a humble man, Paul refers to Timothy as his true son in the faith. Timothy teaches us what it looks like to be taught, disciplined, encouraged and pushed into new things by Paul. What this shows me is that we too should be willing to step into that journey with another believer.
What This Means for Young Leaders
The Legacy Life that Timothy lived leaves a huge impact for young leaders. In the New Testament, we see that Timothy is admonished to make sure that no one can look down on him because he is young. There’s an expectancy that Timothy will work hard to prove himself worthy of the title he’s been given.
These things are required of me as well. The willingness to submit to the authority of another. To continually grow in my faith and my understanding of what scriptures mean for my own life. I don’t have to be an authority on a subject. But I have to be willing to share my experiences. To step out of my comfort zone and work to live my own legacy life and leave an imprint on the lives of others too.
How has the legacy life of Timothy impacted your life?