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.
This paragraph speaks to me of team and family & how God wants us to do life with each other. Paul is in prison & yet there is still a team around him. He’s not doing life or ministry on his own. I love how he describes Timothy – “like a son”. Being a Christian is not something we do on our own – it’s community and becoming family – being apart of each others’ lives and supporting each others ministry.
Paul can’t wait to hear how the Philippian believers are doing even though he’s in prison, he’s not thinking solely about himself & even though Timothy is so dear to him – (others instead doing their own thing) – he is willing to send him to the church so that they can be blessed by him too.
This is a reminder that like Paul, we all need people to do life with, ministry with, community with, close relationships, life long both in the good times and through the hard, difficult times.
Lord thank you that your Kingdom is all about relationship, I want to be in community with other believers, not seeking my own thing but supportive, encouraging and allowing others to walk with me.
Written by Suzie Hodgson