Verse of the Week | Philippians 2:19-21

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?

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. I agree, very thought provoking. I would love to be as wise as Timothy apparently was.

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  2. Elihu says:

    Yes, I have to consciously turn my thoughts in that direction. Thank you for the reminder to think about others more and myself less!

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  3. Efua says:

    I see this as a good example of a good follower who was loyal to his leader. In a world where everyone wants a platform, how faithful, dedicated and submissive are we to leadership? Can our leaders trust us?

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    1. That is such a good point!

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  4. Heaven says:

    Wow, that is a great post! We are to care about others as God cares about us. We should show the love of Christ just as God shows us love. ❤

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    1. Absolutely right, Heaven!

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  5. ephesians413 says:

    We step into loving and serving others gradually as we die out to self. It takes a conscious effort to do for others. Do I think I have no money right now? Give my last dollar to someone needier. Am I in a rush when someone stops me to ask a favor? Give up my agenda and go help. If I do this consistently, serving others will become a joy.

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    1. Those are great examples!

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  6. So much wisdom in your reflections upon this passage! Thank you for taking us deeper in our reading of these seemingly simple narrative verses! ❤ ❤

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    1. ☺ glad you liked it, Lynn! ❤

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  7. T. R. Noble says:

    I love the question you leave with, would we be selected?

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