“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. ” (Acts 16:3, NLT).
Paul discovered Timothy, a young man whose father was Greek but had a jewish mother, and found him to be useful to his (Paul’s) the ministry. For every missionary trip Paul was to embark on, Timothy would go with him. For every teaching Paul would give in the synagogues of the Jews, Timothy would be right by his side.
However, because he had a Greek father, Timothy was not circumcised according to the Jewish law. Perhaps the authority of the man superseded that of his Jewish mother. Even though Timothy was a Jew by reason of his mother being one, he would have been regarded by the Jews as an apostate Jew if uncircumcised. This apparently would have hindered the gospel Paul tried to preach. So Paul took him and circumcised him.
Imagine what pain the teenage Timothy would have gone through to become circumcised. Yet the young man agreed. He was convinced of the gospel he was called to preach and of his responsibility to Paul’s ministry. He saw that it was his destiny to serve his world in that capacity. That was why he could submit to the knife and the pain in order to achieve their (Paul’s and his) purpose in ministry.
Maybe what you need this year to fulfil your dreams is a little circumcision. There could be some habits, attitudes, doubt, fear or thought processes that could serve as a stumbling block to achieving your goals. God wants you to submit yourself under the circumcision knife of His Spirit to shed off that fore skin. For Timothy God used Paul his mentor. For you God might use people, circumstances or events. I assure you, they may not be pleasant but they are useful. Let God shed every limiting factor off of you this year. Great week ahead my friend. #BeInspired.