Timothy – a kindred spirit

But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. Phil 2:19-21

What an incredible testimony! What powerful love! What an amazing man of character!

We always hear about Paul and his faith, his passion, his enormous reach for the gospel of Jesus. He endured more hardship that most of can even fathom, let alone experience and his heart was always focused on the saints in the various churches he planted and wrote to encourage and train. But what of his helpers? We often hear snippets about them at the tail ends of letters. Timothy is someone we know a little more about, he actually had some letters written directly to him. But I want to camp on these verses this morning.

Timothy: a faithful friend and kiindred spirit

I actually cried when I read these 3 verses earlier in the week – right into my eggs!

So often in our culture we only give praise and honor to those who serve “in the lime light” – we think about the teacher, the preacher, the conference speaker, the celebrity (or the one we GIVE celebrity status to). We don’t think about the one behind the scenes who faithfully and diligently serves in order to make the up front person successful.

We pay no attention to the Timothy’s.

Here is a man who is so trustworthy that Paul can actually send in IN HIS PLACE. Paul is completely confident in Timothy’s love for the saints in Philippi, of his compassion and nurturing heart. But this is the part that really caught my breath — that Timothy has a faith that seeks only after the interests of Christ Jesus! OH MAN!

This floors me. I am not sure how many people I know of whom I can say that. We ALL seek after our own interests. We ALL have or own agendas. But Paul’s statement about Timothy is that he does not. He is so faithful to the heart and purposes of Jesus, that he lays aside his own goals and focus to love the Philippians just like Jesus did!

Most of us have aspirations to be a Paul. Powerful in faith, influential within the church, a powerful evangelist, respected even by his enemies. But have we ever aspired to be like Timothy? Faithful friend, Go-fer (the man who was sent here and there when Paul was not able to go), kindred spirit, helper (making Paul more effective by being available to do what Paul could not).

Today, I want to set my eyes on the work of Jesus in the life of Timothy and rejoice that I can learn (by Timothy’s example) to be a faithful servant of Jesus – to have the interests of the Lord be what I seek after, to be a kindred spirit friend to those who love Him with all their hearts. I want to be a servant like Timothy.

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All Scripture quotations are taken from the NASB.

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