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.
If you or I were to be sent as a representative on behalf of the church, what would the reference be that vouched for your spiritual and personal reputation? Timothy came with the highest referral to the Philippian’s due to his years of integrity and faithful service. It seems to me the things that made Timothy so recommended were issues of character, not material. He was not being recommended for contributing the most money or having the ministry with the biggest number of people – he could have been both these. But it was evidence of genuine concern, his Jesus first attitude and faithful service, that he was noted for. So, what would my or your reference be?
Jesus, help me to love others, help me to get my priorities straight all week long. Lord I ask for your wisdom in the relationships I have both inside and outside the church. Help me Lord to love and support my pastors. In Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight