Sometimes God graciously allows us to see what He saw in the past, what He sees now and what He sees in the future. An example of this is Paul’s life as we saw his stoning in Acts as his calling Timothy to join him in Acts 16 and read about his mentoring Timothy in his further letters.
Having been stoned and left for dead in Lystra, the “resurrected,” Paul had left that city and moved on. The young Timothy, most likely having witnessed this, was radically transformed and embraced the faith of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice who had laid the foundation for his faith. Was the stoning a test for Timothy? We don’t know, but we do know that Timothy was not only transformed but his faith is now proclaimed not only there but also in Iconium.
As Paul arrived back in Lystra after a 5 yr. hiatus, we find that the disciples he had left had formed a church and Timothy has been busy these churches. This was a gift to Paul from God. But, now it was God’s perfect timing for Timothy to take the next step to join the mission team to take the gospel to the next generation.
Are you only satisfied to minister to your own generation or are you ready to take the challenge and disciple the next generation?
Remember, God doesn’t waste our experiences….unless we choose to not allow Him to do so. He expects you and me to be discipling the next generation.
Pray and ask God who that would be for you.