Getting to Know You
The musical “The King and I” revolves around a British schoolteacher who has been hired by the King of Siam to teach his many children. In one scene Anna sings that now famous song “Getting to Know You” which communicates Anna’s profound pleasure in her developing relationships with those in the palace of the King.
Today we are trying to get to know Timothy by looking at what the text says about him. While there is no mention regarding Timothy’s father, it is very clear that his Grandmother and Mother had a sincere faith in the Lord and filled Timothy’s life with the Scriptures, which were able to make him “wise unto salvation.” From this example, we should be inspired to be a part of pouring the Word of God into the lives of children – from even the youngest age – to make them “wise unto salvation.”
When we read 2 Timothy, it is very clear that Timothy had a close relationship with the Apostle Paul; Paul is Timothy’s spiritual father. It is obvious in the letter that Timothy has heard Paul teach and preach on many different occasions and knew much about Paul’s life and his character. So much so that Timothy modelled the example of Paul’s teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and perseverance in his life. Timothy is well acquainted with those in Asia who have treated Paul poorly and with others like Onesiphorus who had extended love toward him. The text indicates that Timothy had many friends as well. We see this when Paul extended to Timothy greetings from Eubulus, Padens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brethren.
By the admonitions and advice that Paul gives to his young spiritual son, it seems obvious that Timothy is following Paul by being a leader in the Church. Timothy has been raised by two Godly women, mentored by Paul, and is now fulfilling his place in the body of Christ by being a Pastor.
As we are reading 2 Timothy, we can say that we are not only getting to know Timothy, but many others as well. There is another significant person that we should be getting to know as well, and that is Jesus. He is mentioned in 12 verses of this little book. Here we’ll find that Jesus gives us life, He is our Lord, and Saviour, He has called us, abolished death, is our example of faith and love, and for Him, we should be strong and willing to persevere under suffering. He is our fellow soldier; He is risen from the dead and Timothy’s response is to preach the word for Him.
We do not just read or study a book to gain content, but to change our lives. As you are getting to know people in this book, especially our Lord and Saviour Jesus, how are you growing in your faith? And what can others see in you that demonstrates that growth? Is there someone you can mentor? Do you need someone to help you flourish in your faith?