Philippians 2:19-30 (NIV)
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.
Who do people say you are? Are you the type of person like Timothy? Are you like Epaphroditus?
We see Paul telling us that he is going to send Timothy and Epaphroditus to the church at Philippi and for most of us we would skip over this passage as not applying to me, but let’s look deeper into this passage.
Paul tells us that Timothy shows “genuine concern for your welfare”. He cares for everyone even when others wouldn’t. Paul even says that, “For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”
Are you like Timothy or are you like the others that Paul described? Do you only look about for yourself or are you genuinely concerned for others welfare? Do you help others who need help or do you keep God’s blessings to yourself? During this Christmas season I would challenge you to be generous even more than normal and go out of your way to care for someone you normally wouldn’t care for.
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