Accompany A Ministry Leader (Acts 16-18)

Written by Kari Olney | May 26, 2010 |

Timothy joins Paul and Silas as they travelled from town to town, presenting the simple guideline the Jerusalem apostles and leaders had come up with. “So the churches there were strengthened in the faith, and they increased number to number daily.”

As they travelled around the world to spread the Gospels and plant some churches, they waited for the doors to be opened. The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens” (Rev 3:7):
-“having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.”... SHUT
-“they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus didn’t allow them”... SHUT
-“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’”... OPENED

So they immediately set to go into Macedonia for they knew that the door is clearly open for God gave Paul a vision. A vision may be an inspiration or a plan that came from God. Did you have had any kind of revelations from God? Dreams? Prophecies? Revelation from the Bible? Signs? Sometimes we have to keep moving like how Paul moved when the Holy Spirit shut the doors until a vision came to him.

Are we like Timothy who mightn’t have any God-given vision yet? Although Timothy didn’t know what he is called to do yet, but he accompanied Paul. Don’t know what God wants you to do yet? Maybe we ought venture a step to find a trustworthy ministry leader to accompany with for a start. Then we may have a starting point like Timothy did, to our calling.