Acts 16:1 Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. 2 Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, 3 so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. 4 Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. 5 So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.
This shows a great quality in the life of young Timothy, being willing to be circumcised. He did not have to be circumcised to be saved but for the sake of not offending some people he would eventually minister to, he humbled himself and did what was best for Father God’s Kingdom.
I’m thankful for those types of people today, who will forfeit their rights to keep peace and bring peace to Father God’s Kingdom. The good news is this: when we humble ourselves for the Kingdom, great will be our reward. There is an old saying I’ve said many times, you can be 100 % right but still be 100% wrong. Friend, if I have to choose, I want to be right in the sight of Father God who not only sees my actions but also knows my heart.
We, as children of God, must always make decisions which are good for the Kingdom of God; we must make decisions which do not bring a reproach on His Word and His Church. Maybe you might be able to go to a certain place and it not be a sin but friend it can damage your reputation so quickly. We are in this world but we must separate ourselves from this world and be different because we are different. The Bible commands us to shun the very appearance of evil.
Timothy could have said, I don’t have to be circumcised, I’m saved by grace not works but because it was better for the Kingdom, he submitted his own will to what was best for that situation and those whom he would be ministering to. Remember you never sacrifice anything in Father God’s kingdom that you will not be rewarded for. Timothy became a very important person in the life of the early church but it all started with humbling himself and coming under spiritual authority.
6 Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. 7 Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. 8 So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas.
No doubt Paul and Silas were probably astounded at the fact that the Holy Spirit led them not to preach in Asia, Mysia and Bithynia but they willingly obeyed His voice. We must never forget, we only see the corner but God sees around the corner. To this day, we still are not sure why they were not allowed to evangelize this area at this time but rest assured there was a purpose. There is a promise in the Word of God that declares: If you are willing and obedient then you will eat the good of the land. Friends, It’s not just our actions but also our willingness to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.
9 That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" 10 So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
Because they were willing and obedient to obey the Holy Spirit, it opened up a supernatural experience for Paul. He had a vision that would impact a nation and his ministry. We must simply learn to TRUST GOD in every area of our lives even when we do not know the purpose behind His commandment to us. This was a call to preach the gospel in an extensive pagan land, amid many trials and dangers. To this call, notwithstanding all this prospect of danger, Paul and Silas cheerfully responded, and gave themselves to the work. Paul and Silas were not looking for an easy way, they simply wanted to walk in obedience to the will of Father God for their lives.
Prayer Points: Pray for the wisdom and strength to be obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to those in authority over us even when we don’t understand why.