(1-5) Timothy Joins Paul and Silas
Even though her husband was not a believer, this did not prevent Timothy’s mother (Eunice) from being a strong woman of Christian faith herself and it did not prevent her from raising her son to be the same. Because of the positive spiritual influence of his mother, Timothy was used by God to help Paul in the ministry of spreading the Gospel and growing the church.
(6-10) The Macedonian Call
Release John Mark. Recruit Timothy. Go to Derbe. Go to Lystra. Stop by Phrygia. Go to Galatia. Do not go to Asia. Paul and other early missionaries were sensitive to the voice of God and flexible to His will. They did not try to control their lives or plan out their futures. When God called, they answered. They went everywhere God wanted them to go. They did not go to the places He did not allow them.
I don’t know why God didn’t want Paul and the others to speak His Word in Asia, and I don’t know why He didn’t want them to go into Bithynia. Similarly, I don’t know why God doesn’t allow me to go certain places or do certain things in my own life. Does that mean I go and do those things anyway? Of course not. I simply need to wait to hear my “Macedonian call,” and when it comes, be ready to respond immediately.
(11-15) The Conversion of Lydia
As soon as Lydia came to faith in Jesus the Christ, she immediately sought a way to serve Him by serving His people.
Favorite verse: (18) And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour.