Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain DISCIPLE was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek: 2 Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
One of the fruits of being a good disciple is a good reputation as we can see in this text from the life of Timothy. The first time the Bible mentions Timothy (honored of God) is here and he is called a DISCIPLE, the son of a woman that was a believer and father an unbeliever. We know from 2 Timothy 1:5 that the Apostle Paul saw the same unfeigned (sincere) faith in him that he had seen in his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice but here in Acts 16 it was something else. This young man as a disciple had a good reputation. He was:
1. “Well reported of,” positive talk, conversation, and feedback was going on about him; he was well spoken of. A good reputation creates conversation.
2.” By the brethren,” or more than one person was doing the talking or had a good report about him. Everyone has a favorite friend who will only say good things about you or an enemy who says only bad things but this was more than one person’s witness. A good test of a good reputation is how many people are talking and what in general is being said.
3. “At Lystra and Iconium,” it was at more than one place, location, and away from home (which was Derbe). A good reputation travels with you even away from home. He had a good reputation wherever he went because he was discipled in good character.
A true disciple has Christ-like character which is the real substance behind a good reputation. Timothy is also living proof against the devil’s lie that says both parents have to be Christians for your children to be godly. Only Timothy’s mother was a believer and she raised a disciple. “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches and loving favor rather than silver and gold Pr. 22:1.” There’s just some things money cannot buy!
TRUE DISCIPLES HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION