"I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord that shortly myself will come also."
Verse 19 shows Paul was very concerned about the spiritual well-being of those in his care. Are we concerned enough to find out about the well-being of those God has entrusted to your care? How would you prove your concern?
Please list the ways:
Verses 20-21 show Paul sent Timothy to find out about the Philippian Christians because Timothy was a man who was genuinely concerned for their welfare. Would people say we are genuinely concerned about other people, people God has called us to care for? - Or- Would people say of us that we seek only our own interests and not the interests of Jesus Christ? If we truly seek the interests of Christ, we will be concerned about other peoples’ interests.
Verse 22 shows Timothy had proved his worthiness to care for the Philippian Christians by serving Paul in the gospel. How can we prove our worthiness? We can faithfully serve those around us now. Luke 16:10 says, "One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” By serving in small ways now, we can be seen as worthy to take on bigger assignments.
When looking at Verses 23-24, notice Paul was waiting to see if he would live or die (see Philippians 1:19-26). He had hope and trust. He trusted his help was still needed and therefore hoped to send Timothy. Do we trust we are still needed? Do we live because we are needed or live to get our need met? The greater blessing is giving of ourselves.
Questions to ask: