Find Your Timothy
BY BRYAN AULT
June 19, 2017
The Christian life was never meant to be easy. It wasn’t meant to be lived alone either – at least not permanently. That is why it is important to at least worship together on Sundays and to have someone wise in our lives who can teach us, instruct us, hold us accountable and push us to be better. Below are a few Bible verses that reinforce this idea.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17).
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).
“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
The devil wants to keep us in isolation. He wants empty churches. As is referenced in John 4, he wants dry and thirsty hearts to be quenched with sin rather than the spring of living water that comes from Jesus. He wants spiritual battles to be fought alone, without help, because he knows that he will win. He is a dangerous F5 tornado that preys on people who are alone on the flat plains of life – alone in their sins, alone in their walks with God and incapable of escape. He doesn’t want us to have a Timothy in our lives like Paul did.
I am blessed to have a Timothy.
Northview Church has a great program called Disciple2, where you meet with another person of the same gender over the course of a year to discuss Scripture.
It is basically a series of 20 SOAP studies between two people. I went through that with an older man in our church. I have also asked him to be my accountability partner, to be my Timothy. We meet every two weeks for coffee. He holds me accountable to both God and to him and to my relationships. We have truly come to sharpen each other.
If you don’t have a Timothy, I would strongly encourage you to find him or her. Northview is a big church. Find someone in your small group. Find someone you trust. Find someone who challenges you. Find someone who holds you accountable, not your fishing or golfing buddies. Pray that God would bring you into contact with this person.
Find your Timothy, friends.
This post is entirely the opinion of this week’s writer and does not necessarily reflect the view of Northview Church as a whole.