Today’s reading is from Philippians 2:19-24. It is titled, “Paul commends Timothy”.
In this passage the Apostle Paul speaks highly of Timothy to the Philippians. In verse 12 we see he Paul wants to send Timothy to them to see how they are going.
Bible scholars tell us that Timothy had already been to Philppi. Timothy accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey when the church was planted. So some would have known him, but not all.
In his recommendation Paul says three encouraging things about Timothy…
1. That he really care for the Philippians. In verse 20 he says, “I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare”.
2. That he cares for Christ’s work. Verse 21 says, “All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ”.
3. That he served Paul well. Verse 22 says, “But you know how Timothy has proved himself. Like a son with his father, he has served with me in preaching the Good News”.
This is a great recommendation! One that most of us would be proud of. In it we see that Timothy really cares for the Philippians, he cares for Christ’s work and he serves Paul and the Gospel like a son serving his father.
When I read this passage I can see why Paul love his “spiritual” son in the faith so much. He was a great young man with lots of potential and he really cared about what mattered to God.