‘Timothy – No one like him’
Paul invested in many men but maybe none more than young Timothy. Why? Although there is much in the New Testament on Paul’s key protege, one passage stands out….
“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will also come.”
ver 20 – ‘no one like him’
Timothy clearly stood out. There was ‘no one like him’ in the fast growing early church. Paul then wrote to the Philippians that Timothy would be ‘genuinely concerned for their welfare’.
genuine means authentic, sincere; actual, real and true.
Timothy did not have his own agenda. He did not have a plan of how serving others might benefit him. Even the disciples of Jesus struggled with this. James and John wanted to sit at the side of Jesus in glory. LOL!
Not so with Timothy. He was genuine. We was the real deal. There was ‘no one like him’.
*Reflection: Serving is good but I need to ask God to make me a man who is ‘increasingly genuine’ in my Christian service to others.
*Question: In what ways can you genuinely serve those around you? Answer in the comments below!