After the intensity of Paul opening the windows of heaven to show us the beauty of Christology we come to a section that at first glance we may want to skip over as unimportant. But if we do we miss the example of two men that Paul wants to demonstrate who are walking out this theology of Christ.
“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.” (Philippians 2: 19-24)
How was Christ seen in Timothy?
- Timothy wasn’t in it for himself. He wasn’t there for his own personal gain whether that be money or status.
- Timothy wasn’t just going through the motions. He was genuine.
- Timothy wasn’t just a people-pleaser. It was Jesus first and then others second. If we are going to be what is needed then we have to do what Jesus wants not what people demand.
- Timothy has proven himself to Paul so much so that as a son he serves alongside his father.
- Timothy proved himself not because of some gifting and ability but out of testing and trial he demonstrated Christ.
May Christ be seen in us today.