Philippians 2:19-23 (NKJV)
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. 23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.
When God looks around His table of children, could He find a ready and willing servant heart in you? Don’t be too fast to answer yes! We all would like to think we would be the one that God would send, but are you sure?
In verse 20, Paul said, “I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for you state.” He said this right before he announced he was picking and sending Timothy. Paul’s difficulty in finding others was grounded in the problem that, “all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.”
Timothy sat at the table of the Lord under Paul’s watchful eye, and he was found Faithful, Available, and Teachable! He had a heart that cared more for others than himself. Timothy didn’t seem to mind being asked to move beyond his comfortable circle of friends to help others.
We are called to reach beyond our comfortable circle. We are called to have the same proven character that Timothy had. We are called to notice and encourage the unnoticed. In fact, in verse 13 of Philippians 2 Paul tells us, “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” The will of God is to go and do.
God’s good pleasure is to live a life that serves. After all, it was Jesus who set the example to follow. Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). If Jesus came to serve, then we must serve also. Any other attitude of the heart is lacking God’s best in and through our lives.
When God looks around His table, could He choose you? Read the opening verse again and drop your own name in it. Does it feel true? If not, make it right today.