Are You A Timothy?

Are You A Timothy?

Friday, 25 June 2021

“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied. – 2 Kings 2:9 NIV

One of thee greatest movies ever made in our generation is called The Matrix. There are two characters in the movie that, for me, mimic what discipleship ought to be. You have Morpheus who’s the mentor and Neo who’s the mentee. What I love most is that Morpheus’s only calling was to find, disciple, train and release Neo to walk in his own calling. Neo at first didn’t know who he was and what his calling entailed. All he knew was that Morpheus was his mentor and he submitted himself under him. Even though he didn’t understand most of what Morpheus was telling him he still obeyed and submitted. He eventually finds out that he is the savior of all mankind, a calling he would not have realized had he disobeyed Morpheus.

In Christianity, we are all called to advance God’s kingdom on earth. Some are called into the fivefold ministry and their responsibility is to equip others to realize, understand and walk into their own path. What I love about GOD is that He will test your heart by putting you under someone you either don’t like or someone you generally don’t agree with on certain matters. This then tests your faithfulness and submission. Sometimes your leader would make a decision that you are completely not in agreement with and task you with implementing it. This is where the true test of discipleship comes when you have to advocate for an agenda you may not necessarily agree with but have to because your leader has instructed you. You may perform the task in protest but GOD will judge your heart.

Elisha in the above Scripture served his master with humility and integrity. This is why he had the confidence to ask for what he asked for. Elijah granted the request because he knew the heart that was in his mentee (because Elisha was a “Timothy”). The person GOD has placed you under currently, would he grant you a request like this? Or have you made his life miserable as your spiritual leader? Is your serving guided and motivated by love? Do you respect and obey the leader you are placed under? I have seen people who resent their leaders and still believe GOD hears their prayers.

“Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to GOD. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.” Hebrew 13: 17 NLT. This Scripture should challenge us as Christians especially the part about giving them reason to be joyful. This means if the opposite is happening then I’m disobeying GOD. I can’t claim to be spiritually mature but don’t understand a basic principle like this. Now I understand why the more anointed a vessel is, the more humble they are. This is because the more revelation you get, the more you realize how far from perfection you really are. An area we need to really look into is submission to our leaders. “That would certainly not be for your benefit”. This line just kills me because it reveals that all those years I resented my spiritual leaders were a waste because I did not benefit anything from GOD. That’s really humbling.

“To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from GOD the Father and Christ Jesus our LORD”, 1 Timothy 1:2 NIV. Is my leader referring to me in this light? Or am I constantly making him/her remind themselves to love and forgive me?

Is your serving guided and motivated by love? Do you respect and obey the leader you are placed under?

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