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January 22nd, 2018 - Phil 2:20-25

                       Daily Devotional <> January 22, 2018 <> Monday

                 Paul & Timothy are like minded <> Philippians 2:20-25

                        Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Among all Paul's companions, Timothy was special, he was unselfish & cared deeply for the spiritual condition of the Philippians. Paul had no one else he could send to them with the same confidence & trust. This was a high commendation for one so young as Timothy.

   The others had become involved in their own private interests. They had become so involved in the cares of this life that they had no time for “the things which are of Christ Jesus. Does this have a message for us today in our little homes, refrigerators, TV's, & other things? (Luke 8:14)

   Timothy was Paul's child in faith, & he played the part with true faithfulness. They knew his proven character, his real worth, that as a son he serves with his father, so Timothy served with Paul in the work of preaching the Gospel.

   Because Timothy had proved himself so far, Paul hoped to send Timothy to the Philippians as soon as he finds out about his appeal to Caesar. He wanted to find out what was going to happen to him, before sending Timothy. He hopes his appeal will be successful, & that he will be set free, so that he might visit the Philippians once more.

   Next he sees the mind of Christ in Epaphroditus. Now, whether this is the same man as the Epaphras  of Colossians 4:12; we are not sure. At any rate, he lived in Philippi & was a messenger for the assembly there.

   Paul speaks of him as; First; my brother, Second: my fellow worker, Third; my fellow soldier. The first title speaks of affection, the 2nd of hard work, the 3rd of conflict. He was a man who could work with others, & this is certainly a great influence in the Christian life & service. It is one thing for a believer to work independently, having everything his way. It is far more difficult to work with others, to play “2nd fiddle so to speak,” to allow for individual differences, to submerge one's own desires & opinions for the good of the group. Let us be fellow workers & fellow soldiers. 

   In addition; Paul speaks of him as “your messenger & the one who ministered to my needs.” This gives us another very valuable clue into his personality. He was willing to do whatever it took. Many today are only interested in their own agenda. How thankful we are for those who carry on the routine work quietly & inconspicuously! By doing the hard work, Epaphroditus humbled himself. But God exalted him by receiving his faithful service in Philippians 2 for all future generations.