And he came also to Derbe and to Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek, and he was well spoken of by the brethren who were in Lystra and Iconium. Paul wanted this man to go with him; and he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in those parts, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
In fact, the phrase “kai; idou” could be employed by Luke as meaning “a sudden and providential interposition” (Acts 1:10; 8:27; 10:17; 12:7). It seemed to Luke that Paul needed help, yet he could not chance another desertion; but who could help in this situation? Then suddenly, Timothy appeared as the perfect choice (Hull 357). It was more an act of providence than human choice. This journey with Paul must have been successful because Timothy also evangelized with him on the third missionary journey (Acts 19:22). Timothy remained a true friend to Paul as he accompanied him back to Jerusalem (Acts 20:1-21:17). He was loyal to Paul even during his first imprisonment (Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:1). Timothy was a faithful companion for the aged warrior of the gospel (Lyons 149-51). Timothy seemed to be one of Paul’s closest friends (Eason 477-78).
I believe that the Lord continues to provide spiritual oversight. As I mentioned, I did not grow up in a preaching family. But the Lord provided men to mentor me in the ministry. I still remember the day that I shake the hand of the man that would teach, guide, and mentor me in ministry. This man I still speak to every week about the work of the Lord. We shook hands at the Highland Park church of Christ, where I was teaching a class for the junior high students. I never knew this man before; he was just another handshake, just another face in a crowd of 500 hundred faces. We shook hands. The next week Burnice Wesbrooks called Heritage Christian University to inquire about the young man from Canada. Fortunately, Heritage only had one kid from Canada attending the school. Jim Collins invited me into his office, to encourage me to send a resume and letter to the Hartsville Pike church of Christ because Burnice mentioned that the congregation might be interested in supporting me in training for the work of the Lord. I sent the resume and after a few months was called to meet with the congregation and the elders. After the meeting, the congregation said they would support me in my training and gave me 200 hundred dollars to buy a new suit. I must have looked really bad.
After this, I was contacted by the elders about working with the congregation as a summer youth intern. I accepted this wonderful privilege and opportunity. Once again, Burnice was the driving force behind having me work with the church. While at the congregation for the summer, this was where I met my wife Charity Dragomire. At the end of the summer, the congregation asked me to work with the congregation after I finished my training at Heritage. I labored with the congregation for two years. During those times, I learned from the master, Burnice himself. He guided me, nurtured me, and instructed me in the ways of the ministry. The minister that I am today, the life that I live today, the woman that I am married to day, is because of his role in my life. The handshake at Highland Park was not by accident, but by the providence of God. The Lord bought Burince and I together, I needed a spiritual father and Burnice was a master teacher, just like Paul needed a companion and Timothy needed a spiritual father. God is still joining young men and older men together for the work of the ministry.
Paul had a deep confidence in the faithfulness of Timothy. Throughout the inspired word, Paul praises on Timothy to others. Paul commends Timothy to the Corinthian congregation in 1 Cor. 4:17. “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.” Also, Paul’s confidence in Timothy flows in Philippians 2:19-24:
But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. But you know of his proven worth that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. Therefore, I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; and I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall be coming shortly.
Throughout Paul’s epistles, he mentions numerous co-workers. It seems that the highest praise for another laborer within the kingdom of God is given to Timothy. Paul trusts Timothy completely to further the spread of the Gospel. The aged apostle has genuine confidence in his young apprentice. He fully recommends him to any congregation to fulfill the work of the Lord (Lyons 152). Paul seems to be correct in his assessment of Timothy’s character. Hebrews 13:23, “Take notice that our brother Timothy has been released, with whom, if he comes soon, I shall see you.” Timothy was willing to suffer for the faith. In fact, post-Biblical tradition suggests that Timothy became a bishop of Ephesus and died a martyr’s death (Hull 364).