My Genuine Child
Paul wrote to two younger men on separate occasions to reiterate the work he had given them while with them. Timothy, he left in Ephesus, while Titus he left on Crete. When you read what they were to do it becomes clear that these were not shy and retiring young men. They were emboldened and prepared to face down error where it reared its ugly head. They were commendable young men.
We might ask, ’why them?’ Why did Paul mark out these younger men from among the many that doubtless were available to him? The answer is given in both 1 Timothy 1 and Titus 1: ’Timothy, my genuine child in the faith’ (1 Tim 1.2) and ’Titus, my genuine son in a common faith’ (Tit 1.4, NET).
Paul did not favour Timothy and Titus because they had been saved through him—although these passages suggest that. He had chosen them because they had proved that they were genuine. In the way that they had stewarded what had been given to them, they had gained the confidence of Paul. They were trustworthy and genuine. They were the ’real deal.’
We live in a world that is absorbed with that which is fake. Even the current trend—to create a feeling of authenticity by claiming to be transparent—is only tightly controlled self-revelation of that which is convenient and thus it is not genuine.
Invest in being real. Invest in being trustworthy. Could your elders say of you that you are genuine?