Title: The Young Leaders
Scripture: Philippians 2:19-30
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 come also.
I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Explanation: Paul takes some time to inform the church and honor some young men who have been working for the church. Paul hopes to send these leaders to the church as his representatives, and he wants the church to treat these young leaders in the same manner as they would treat him. They come on Paul’s authority. But Paul doesn’t appeal to that authority alone. He mentions what they have done to be worthy of the honor that Paul is asking the church to show them, such as laboring in prayer, serving, and caring about the welfare of the church. Paul praises these young men for these things, and this is why he entrusts his precious Philippian church to them.
- What is something that stands out to you in today’s reading?
- How are you joining forces with other people to lead others to Christ?
- Are you doing things for your own glory or for the glory of God?