So Timothy had a good reputation in the Jewish community, even though they knew his dad was Greek they counted him as a Jew, but the next verse seems contradictory to what we heard last week--that in order to be saved, you needed to be circumcised.
This wasn’t about that. It was an important spiritual principle at work here. Timothy’s circumcision wasn’t about being saved, it was about his ability to minister to the Jews.
They knew he was Jewish with a Greek dad. If he wasn’t circumcised, they would doubt his allegiance and his sincerity. This was so that he would not be a stumbling block to the Jews to whom he would preach.
Think about what Tim did in order to not be a stumbling block to fellow Jews -- No anesthesia. No surgical instruments. Probably just a rusty old knife Paul had with him.
Imagine the pain, suffering and recovery time. All just so he would not be s stumbling block and his ministry would be more effective.
What are we willing to do, or give up so that we could be more of a witness to others?
Do we exercise our freedom in Christ, because we can, or do we give up what we are free to do in order to have a better platform from which to share?