Colossians 1:1 (ESV) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
Paul had an interesting habit in his writing as he would often not only introduce himself but someone who had been with him. In the letter to the Colossians he writes of his friend Timothy. Timothy was not a co-writer but a faithful friend, a companion.
Now, I am sure that Paul loved many different people, but his love for Timothy was unique. More than just someone Paul led to Christ, Timothy's presence comforted Paul.
In fact if you study this relationship you will find that it was Timothy who was most loved by Paul. They had together endured so much through long years of difficult ministry.
But Timothy wasn't the kind of companion you would expect the great Paul to rely upon. Timothy was often sick, hesitant, cried a lot, and always needed encouragement by Paul. Yet no one had a greater impact on Paul than Timothy and Paul placed no greater confidence in any other man.
This week I thought of some of the Timothy's God has given me and I just had to thank God. There are a few, who have endured so much through long years of difficult ministry. None of them are what you would think. They are often weak, fearful, and need constant encouragement but they comfort me. I am so glad that they are with me in life and this journey of ministry.
Never under estimate the value of faithful friends