Who's Under Your Wing

Welcome to a new devo series through 1 Timothy, entitled — It's Time To Clean Up The Church. If you have not gone to the website to pick up your 1 Timothy Scripture Journal, you can. I will leave it up for the entire series cause it's a great tool for following along.

To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. — 1 Timothy 1:2

Paul is writing this letter to a young man named Timothy. Timothy is someone that Paul met on his second missionary journey in a town called Lystra which today would be in modern-day Turkey. Lystra was just a tiny town, and on Paul's first trip, he preached and converted a few followers there, but Jewish zealots from previous towns he had preached in chased him down, beat him close to death, and dragged him out of the city assuming he was dead. Instead of leaving, Paul went right back into the city and kept preaching. Years later, on his second trip, he stops at Lystra again. It's on this trip that he encounters a young man named Timothy. At this time, he was living with his mother and grandmother, and his father was dead. We discover that his mother was Jewish but a new follower of Jesus (maybe a disciple that resulted from Paul's first trip). And so, from history, we discover that Paul took Timothy under his wing like he would a "son," and brought him with him on numerous trips, and developed him as a leader.

Today, I want to motivate some of the older men who are listening. If you have been a follower of Jesus for a while and you don't have a young man "under your wing," this greeting alone should convict you. Because even the great apostle Paul had someone, Timothy, that he was actively mentoring. And in this letter, we will listen to Paul actively mentor him. This letter is not just about cleaning up woke doctrine in the church. It's a letter from an older man, directing a young man on how to lead through a very challenging situation. And today, we need this more than ever.

And I know you older men will say this requires younger men who are "teachable, qualified, and willing." But even more, I would tell you that you must set aside the "I'm tired, retired, and unqualified" mindset. Because today as the culture and church are becoming more woke, which is precisely what is happening to Timothy in this church here, we need the timeless wisdom you have to guide us through this time.

So today, I want you to pray a simple prayer. If you are a young man in life or the faith, I want you to pray that God will bring a wiser man like Paul across your path today. And if you are an older man, I want you to pray that God will bring a young man across your path today. And then, after you pray, I want you to look up and anticipate that God will do just that. And then, let's see what God does!

ASK THIS: Do you need a younger or older man in your life today?

DO THIS: Pray and then anticipate. If you already do, then share that below.

PRAY THIS: God, bring a man across my path today that will help me grow as a man and leader.

PLAY THIS: Brother.

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26 thoughts on “Who’s Under Your Wing

  1. Nick Siragusa says:

    Bob Grasser

    I was on the retreat last weekend. Was that the tailgate from the Chevy truck? That was an awesome story.

  2. Fred says:

    Thanks to hearing Vince this past week, I am pursuing a Paul/Timothy relationship. What’s interesting is that I am older than my Paul, but he has such a strong and lengthy faith journey that I think I’ll be Timothy to his Paul. Bless you, Vince.

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I am working on being a Paul to my son Jim, but he’s in that angry 12 year old stage that is tough to get through, but I am not giving up, I am backing up my lessons with Scripture. I have been blessed to have MANY Paul’s in my life, including a man actually named Paul, and currently they are Bryan, Hugh, Chris, and Glen. My next door neighbor in Colorado, when I was an angry high school student myself, I met my first Paul, named Vince, not Miller, and he was the man that brought me to church with him when I was not actively looking for God. Thanks Vince from CO and Vince Miller too, both of you have helped me grow into a man on fire for God and I look forward to the day that I get to see CO Vince again in heaven.

  4. Matt says:

    My Paul was a man named Jim. He was a awesome man of God. My timothys are Gavin, Eric, Phil and D.J.

  5. Massimo says:

    I have been mentoring young adult men for a few years now. Mostly it has been one on one, coffee shop, chats. These are the informal mentorship relationships. I also ran a more formal Radical Mentoring small group created by Regi Campbell. What ever you decide to do, know that you don’t have to have all the answers or have it all together. You don’t have to know the bible in and out. You just have to be willing to share your life with these younger guys. It’s all built on relationship. You teach from your mistakes and failures so that they don’t go and make the same ones. Even though you’ll be friends forever through it, mentoring has its season and you will release them. Let the Holy Spirit do it’s work. You are not alone. I believe so many young men out there are hungry for a mentor and don’t know how to go about finding one.

  6. Greg Stanton says:

    Side note:
    I always thought there should be a short blast-0-music at the end of yer lesson…..cool & thanks. It kinda puts the explanation mark on the end of it!!!🤔😁

  7. Jos says:

    I am 64 years old and supposedly retired. I was not sure where God was going with me and what I was going to do but I’ll admit there was a tendency to believe that retirement meant “put out to pasture” and “out of the loop”. Someone asked me to drive a small bus for a private Christian school and I said yes. Meantime I felt led to buy a bunch of study books and facilitated a men’s study for about 12 weeks. I quit the school bus driving and I’m now driving 6 junior high and high school kids separately to that school. One of the men from the study group asked me if I would mentor him as he is a school teacher and he and his wife are preparing to be missionaries in Indonesia. Finally, a young man in our church who I’ve been paying attention to heard that it is on my bucket list to see the Cowboys play at AT&T stadium. He and I and an elder from our church are going from Canada in October. If we are willing to just say yes and try things despite our feelings of inadequacy God will multiply our fishes and loaves. I hope that this encourages one or two men today. Amen

  8. Carl says:

    Thank you for your message – I’ve been listening since a friend recommended you and couldn’t be more grateful. I pray for the wisdom and guidance to mentor Jake my son and grow closer to the Lord with him.

  9. David L. Trima says:

    Through my daughter meeting her who would end up being her husband on the school bus. Justin was brought up Catholic, but there was no fire there. He has since grown tremendously in faith. Several years ago now, I had the honor to have Baptized him. Justin has also lit the faith fire under his parents and sister.

  10. Tom says:

    Thanks for the clear message Pastor Vince – men need men for guidance. As a college instructor at a major university, I pray often for God to bring forward young men seeking – someone to talk with and share life. God does not disappoint as He continues to bring me young men – not just in my classroom – to direct and share my wins as well as losses.

  11. Trent says:

    I am a self sufficient, on my own, independent kind of man. Sort of feel like I come from a line of them. As I have matured I have had to give up my prideful ways and accept the fact that I need fellow men of Christ in my life. It is a hard pill to swallow but has proved beneficial in more ways than just one. Thank you Father God for knowing what I need better than I.

  12. Mark says:

    Thanks again Vince for a great reminder for those of us who are older with experience and life lessons to share. We all need a wing man, I have one and my life is deeper in my faith and I am a better man because of him and the brotherhood we share – holding each other accountable, praying for and with each other, talking through scripture and building each other up. I will be praying that prayer today that God would bring to me, to each of us a younger man seeking the wisdom of someone older. As I’ve said before, any of you here are free to reach out, I’ll pray for you and with you, I’ll stand with you until God provides your own wing man!

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