But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. – Philippians 2:19-21, KJV
These verses are packed with lessons in every phrase, but I’ve never paid them much attention before. Thanks to Notes on Thoughts for suggesting this thought-provoking passage.
The main thing I noticed was Paul’s trust in Timothy and lack of trust in anyone else (except Epaphroditus, whom you can read about). Paul didn’t trust any of his other associates to care about the Philippians enough to do this job. Focusing on (and caring about) other people is a constant battle for me. I know I “seek my own, and not the things of Jesus” too. So would Paul have sent me, as he sent Timothy, to check on the well-being of these people?
I think it’s the same perspective problem. It is hard to focus on other people, but it can be a joy. Therefore, I shouldn’t look at it as an endlessly difficult task, but a privilege to serve others. Let’s all try to emulate Timothy and “naturally care” for the state of others and the things of Christ.
Is it a struggle for you to focus on other people?
What verses have spoken to you lately?