On Feb 22, 2018, the evangelist, Billy Graham was ushered into the very presence of the Lord. He successfully crossed generations with the message of the gospel and left us a challenge as did Paul. As we think about the legacy Billy Graham left we can also see the graciousness of our God who allows us to see what He saw in the past; what He sees now; and what He sees in the future. An example of this is the record of Paul’s life for we saw his stoning in Acts 14, his calling Timothy to join him in Acts 16 and read about his mentoring of Timothy in further letters.

Having been stoned and left for dead in Lystra, the “resurrected” Paul had left that city and moved on. The young Timothy, most likely having witnessed this, was radically transformed and embraced the faith of his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice who had laid the foundation for his faith. Was the stoning a test for Timothy? We don’t know, but we do know that Timothy was not only transformed but his faith is now proclaimed, not only there, but also in Iconium.

As Paul arrived back in Lystra after a 5 year hiatus, we find that the disciples he had left had formed a church and Timothy was busy with these churches. This was a gift to Paul from God. But, now it was God’s perfect timing for Timothy to take the next step to join the mission team to take the gospel to the next generation.

  • Are you only satisfied to minister to your own generation or are you ready to take the challenge and disciple the next generation? 
  • Will you use the online technology that God has provided to step out of your comfort zone to reach the next generation?
  • Remember, God doesn’t waste our experiences…unless we choose to ignore each one as a stepping stone to be used for His glory. 

Pray and ask God who that would be for you.   


About Gaye Austin

When not writing for the Bible.org ministry Facebook page, Gaye Austin can be found working on her own web page, titled http://sonshinesjournal.com/ As a lover of snail mail you might find her thanking the donors of the Bible.org ministry where she works as a full-time volunteer. You might find her reading and on the alert for good writers for the children’s ministry blog; Heartprints. Life has taken Gaye on many adventures of faith from NY to GA, Maryland, Fl and now to Texas. Along the way, she has found discipling other women rewarding. In Texas, she and her husband enjoy time with their son, daughter-in-law and cheering on their aspiring musical theater granddaughter; a senior at Baylor University. Gaye has been active in many churches Sunday School programs, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) and teaching Precept Ministries classes. It was through these she learned how to study the Bible and started writing curriculum and Sunday School lessons for her husband’s class. Along with this she also taught elementary school. Now, when not glued to the computer screen, she enjoys gardening and reading. Because her life has had many twists and turns she recently rewrote her testimony titled “Protected” after seeing how God has directed and protected her through the many years she has walked with Him.

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