After Paul was released from his first imprisonment in Rome it’s not clear where he went to minister. Some think he tried to fulfill his longtime plan of reaching Spain, but this can’t be verified. He traveled to Crete since in his letter to Titus it says he left him there. He also shared that he was going to spend that winter in Nicopolis.
In his 1st letter to Timothy he mentioned he left him in Ephesus as he traveled to Macedonia. Luke doesn’t include these trips in the book of Acts so it’s not clear what Paul did during these travels. His 1st letter to Timothy and his letter to Titus are part of his pastoral letters, written to encourage them in their pastoral duties.
If you’re a Christian and you want to serve the Lord, but you’re not sure how to go about it, then read these two books with care. Paul wrote them as a weathered, experienced servant of the Lord. He shares answers to questions those pursuing ministry might have. In fact, Paul shares information many in ministry never think of asking.
Paul explains, to serve others you must maintain a growing relationship with the Lord yourself. You can’t lead others beyond where you are. Be an example and exhort and encourage others in the ways of God.
After these books were written Paul was again imprisoned. His final book, 2nd Timothy, was written during this final imprisonment before his execution. What an amazing written legacy he left us.
Is there someone you could encourage or enlighten by writing them a letter? Do it. It could be a part of your legacy.