I sat down to read through 2 Timothy earlier and got stopped before I had a chance to get too far into it.
This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will…
That’s as far as I got.
In letters of leadership and life instructions to someone he considered a spiritual son (1 Timothy begins similarly), Paul begins with a humble reminder that what he is, is because of God. What he does, he does because that’s what his Sender appointed him to do. The mentor makes no claim for himself, but points to the One who sent Him. He wasn’t an apostle because he had the right temperament or personality type or skill set or experience.
Paul identifies himself as an apostle because that’s the way God identified him. When Jesus re-routed Paul’s life, he responded with humble obedience and from what we can tell, he never looked back.
Which leads me to wonder:
What am I “by God’s will”?
What are you?
May we humbly accept what He names us and follow faithfully wherever He leads.