Like many men, I have some prize tools in my shop that were handed down to me from my father and grandfather. Grandpa was a builder who made very unusual homes, and even a library. What is unique about his tools is that they were made well; made to last; durable. Not only that, he taught me how to use them and they do the job right. I have passed a few of these on to my sons and grandsons with stories that will help them appreciate their value.
Paul had the same attitude toward the principles he taught as a spiritual father. I urge you, then, be imitators of me. That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (1 Corinthians 4:16–17). Notice what Paul calls Timothy; “my beloved and faithful child in the Lord.”
It is one thing to give someone the right tools, it’s another to make sure they use them correctly. In his last letter, Paul gave Timothy a lot of credit. “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness” (2 Timothy 3:10).
I have a Paul in my life. I wonder if he would say the same about me? Have I learned those critical lessons for effective, fruitful and God-glorifying ministry? It begins with my personal, private and secret walk with the Lord. What would your “Paul” say about you?
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