Paul had the leading of the Spirit to see Timothy and invite him to come alongside in ministry. Paul had watched Timothy develop. He could see the potential and the gifts flowing in Timothy’s life and ministry.
Spiritual leadership is about seeing the Spirit move in the lives of others and empowering them to exercise their gifts. There is a time to impart those gifts on others. It is a spiritual action.
There is a sacredness in the call of ministry. There is a spiritual power in the passing along of spiritual gifts from one spiritual leader to the next spiritual leader.
As spiritual leaders, we need to always have our eyes looking for the next level of leadership. Spiritual leaders are always looking to mentor. Spiritual leaders are always looking to help others launch out. And it should be intentional.
Spiritual leadership is intentional in pouring into the lives of others and then seeing those gifts flourish in others.
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Tim. 3:14-17, NIV)