Lenten Devotional-Day 35

Tuesday, March 24

1 Thessalonians 3:6 But Timothy has just now come to us from you, and has brought us the good news of your faith and love. He has told us also that you always remember us kindly and long to see us—just as we long to see you.

Timothy’s Story

Note: This is the biblical figure of Timothy telling us about his ministry.

“I have journeyed with Paul and Silas for many months, visiting small communities that he started in the name of the risen Christ. We had just arrived in Corinth, and Paul asked me to return to the community in Thessalonica and report on their progress. Seriously, a 600 mile round trip on foot! It took over five months, and when I returned, Paul was in the middle of writing the very first letter that would become the cornerstone of his epistles. My name is mentioned by Paul in his letters, even used in the salutation to communities in Greece and Turkey. I am especially blessed to have two of his letters written to me. Yet, my story has not been told, so I am reaching through the years to tell you how my life was changed in spreading the message that Jesus Christ is the risen Lord.

The three of us had arrived in Thessalonica to find a collection of Jews and devout Greeks who were very open to Paul’s message. There was also a group of wealthy women who helped us establish a growing financial framework for sustaining his message. Truly Jesus had come into the world to save us as sinners, by the giving of his life for our salvation. There was some opposition to Paul’s message from the Jewish elders, and we left quietly for Berea.

My story of the journey back to this community begins on the road leading out of Corinth. The trails to Thebes and Delphi were clearly marked, and I remembered Paul’s words encouraging me to stay strong in the message of Jesus Christ. It was amazing to watch the light shine in people’s faces as the love of Christ entered their lives. My journey continued up the coast of the Aegean Sea, passing the majestic Mount Olympus, as I reflected on the majesty of God’s love for each of us.

My arrival in Thessalonica was greeted with much celebration, as if Paul himself had returned. A vibrant church community had been established that flourished and grew daily. Paul’s message of peace and love for all had resonated with both Greeks and Jews, as they found a common bond in the love of Jesus Christ. I was rejuvenated for my long return trip to Corinth, and of course, you know the rest of the story.”

Myron Hanke, COGS

Prayer: I love you Lord, and I lift my voice to worship you, oh my soul rejoice. Take joy my King in what you hear. May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear. Amen.