These few verses teach us a lot today! Paul is in prison in Rome and awaiting trial. He writes several books from there and sends them to the churches through Tychicus. Philippians is one of those books, written to a small church in northern Greece.
Paul writes that he’s sending his son in the faith – Timothy to the little church to encourage them. Paul proceeds to give them a dossier of Timothy’s strengths.
He genuine cares about others (v.20-21)
Timothy had a reputation of genuine care for others unlike any other of Paul’s associates. He wasn’t selfish or self-centered – he cared about Jesus and loving others in His name.
He has proven himself trustworthy (v.22a)
Unlike others (like John Mark) Timothy remained faithful despite the difficulties. Paul could trust him.
He’s a servant (v.22b)
Timothy had served alongside Paul for a long time. He had the heart of a servant. Paul trusted his heart.
He loves the Gospel (v.22c)
Timothy was discipled by Paul and preached the Good News with him.
Be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5
What can we learn from Timothy’s example today?
- It’s easy to be selfish and self-centered. How can you and I show our genuine concern for others today? It may be something very simple. Think of a way and do it.
- Pray that God will allow you to prove yourself to be trustworthy. This begins with a pure heart.
- How we develop as a servant? What are some ways we can have a servant’s heart?
- How can you and I show our love for the Gospel more? Who can we begin a conversation with today? How can we speak up for Jesus?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor