But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:19-21)
Seeking The Things That Are Of Christ Jesus
On his second missionary journey in Asia Minor, the apostle Paul found a remarkable young man named Timothy that was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. It was such an impression that Paul wanted to have him go on with him in his work of preaching and teaching the gospel and establishing churches throughout the region. Timothy became a vital part of the life work of Paul and two letters written to the young preacher would be foundational books for the early church. The influence of his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois was heavy upon the heart of Timothy as Paul described the genuine faith that Timothy had in serving the Lord. His passion was not a veneer of temporary religion but a life that was dedicated to the purpose of Jesus Christ. Writing to the brethren at Philippi, the apostle commends the character of Timothy as having no one as like-minded as he. There were a number of people that worked with Paul and many good things could be said of them. Timothy stood above all of these in the care he would give to Philippian church. His heart was fully devoted to serving the Lord. There was no insincerity in the life of the son of Eunice. He was fully committed to the preaching of the gospel to Jew and Gentile alike.
There are many people that stand out for different reasons in the church. What made Timothy shine in the eyes of Paul was how full his life was focused on the things of holiness, righteousness and truth. The church is filled with those who seek their own unwilling to go beyond their comfort zone to affect change in the world about them and in the heart of others. Timothy was of such a nature that he sought the things which would bring glory to Christ Jesus. He lived his life to exemplify the virtues of the Son of God. It was not that he was a companion of Paul or a preacher of the gospel that set him apart. His heart and mind were sanctified to be the kind of disciple that would please the Father and bring glory to the church of Christ. It was not in a boastful manner he lived his life before others. A quiet example of humble service characterized the effective work of the man from Derbe and Lystra. Timothy earnestly sought the things he found in the character of Jesus to put into his own life so that others could see Christ living in him. It gave him a sacrificial spirit to care for the brethren at Philippi. As a role model, Timothy set an example that all those in the kingdom should follow.
The work of the church is the plan of sharing the gospel with a lost and dying world. One of the most effective works that can be done is the example of those who seek the things which are of Christ Jesus. These are people who go to work every day and let others see that God is the focus of their lives. They dress in a manner that gives glory to the Lord. Their speech is seasoned with the grace of spiritual salt that let others know they have a pure heart. The work ethic they have in the work place is one of diligence because the Christian who has given their life to the things of Christ Jesus will be an example of industry and honesty. As a husband, wife, father or mother these individuals will set an example of living for Christ each day so that others can know of their love for God. Paul said that Timothy was a special person. What made this young man special was his love for the Christ. Disciples today can well learn to set themselves apart from the world and let others see Christ living in them. Seek not your own but seek the things which are of Christ Jesus.