Living Like Timothy and Epaphroditus

As we talked about this week in Philippians 2:19-30, Timothy took a genuine concern in the welfare of others.  He was looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ.  He was a living example of Paul’s commands in Philippians: “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”  “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  “Do everything without complaining or arguing, os that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine out like stars…”

In Epaphroditus too we see someone who deeply cares for others.  He longs for his home church.  When they are distressed, he is distressed.  Do we love our church that way?  Do we see “church” not just a place to spend Sunday Mornings but as other people, brothers and sisters?  Will we work like Ephaproditus to build it up and fight to see it grow as more and more come to know Jesus Christ and his awesome saving power?

Let us seek to imitate Timothy and Epaphroditus.  None of this is humanly natural (“Everyone looks out for their own interests…” v21), but let us run headlong toward God who “works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”  He gives us the desire and the power to act.  Lord, give us that kind of love for others!

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~ by somaefree on October 23, 2008.

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