Saturday: 25th May, 2019
Reference text: Acts 16:1-10
Acts 16:1 Paul went on to Derbe and Lystra, where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a believing Jewish woman, but his father was a Greek.
When people have to give referees for an application for a job or further studies, they try hard to find those with whom they are on good terms, lest they write anything that jeopardises their chances of success. On many occasions therefore, unless people just want to be malicious, the good attitudes, habits and actions we show them are remembered.
This was what happened with Timothy. His way of life caused him to be spoken well of before Paul, and that recommendation marked the start of his rise through the ranks of ministry. But with Timothy, scripture reports that he came from a home with a believing Jewish mother and a Greek father. There could therefore have been moments of tension trying to fully live out his faith.
He would have been been able to offer his home situation as a good excuse for possessing a half hearted faith, or a lifestyle that posed more questions than answers. Timothy’s imperfect origin and home could have influenced his life and attitudes along a different route, but he was not swayed. Many of us on the other hand, pin our choices and its consequences, our attitudes and personalities on our imperfections.
Hence, we begin to work with probabilities: if only I came from X and I had B, I would have become someone. That may be true, but what stands in the way of getting to that destination in spite of those missing pieces? Beloved, often we think it’s only in a perfect environment that we will have room to ‘become somebody’. We seem to forget that God created the perfect from the formless. So do not use your imperfections as excuses because they are not the only determinants of your actions.