07/18/19 A Teammate?

READING: Esther 1-4, Acts 15:30-16:10

What would other Christ-followers say about you? Would they say that you walk with and always honor Him? Would they say that you give sacrificially? Pray powerfully? Witness consistently? Would they comment on your deep commitment to God, your spouse, and your children? Or, might they say instead, “I would never have thought he goes to church” or “We didn’t even know that he’s a Christian”?

We don’t know a lot about Timothy’s background when Paul met him in Lystra, but we do learn in today’s reading his reputation among the believers. “He was well spoken of by the brothers at Lystra and Iconium,” the text says (Acts 16:2). Other texts tell us that Timothy’s grandmother and mother raised him in the Scriptures (2 Tim 1:5, 3:15), and that upbringing must have been apparent in his young life. Others saw something unique in his walk with God.

That’s the way all who follow Christ should want to live—that is, so that others would know that we’re Christ-followers by both our actions and our words. We should so walk with God that others want us on their team.

PRAYER: “God, let others see Jesus in me today.”   

TOMORROW’S READING:  Esther 5-10, Acts 16:11-40