Paul and Timothy. That’s how the apostle Paul starts out this letter.
Paul wrote this letter from prison. Paul was in prison. Timothy was a free man and yet as Paul writes his letter to the believers in Philippi he adds Timothy in the greeting. I am in chains here and Timothy sits at my feet to aid me.
I want a Timothy in my life. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal assistant who is so loyal as to follow you to jail?
Timothy also was one who could be trusted to be sent to a foreign office, even in a decadent, and immoral city to maintain his own integrity and preach, teach and serve the people of that immoral and decadent place. Paul sent him to both Ephesus and to Corinth. He served tin those places and others and then also carried correspondence back and forth.
He was a stenographer and writing assistant, Paul includes him as co-author on several letters he wrote, Timothy’s name appears as the co-author on 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, and Philemon.
How do i get a Timothy for myself? I can ask God for a Timothy to aid me in my life. He may answer that request, but while I am waiting for a Timothy, should I also pray that God make ME a Timothy? Can I be made to be helpful, loyal, hardworking, faithful, able to teach and yet eager to serve?
Paul says this about his friend and mentee: “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.”
Lord Jesus help me be like this man Timothy. Let me be useable and send able and bendable like he was. On the other side, Let me value and trust and invest in those people you put into my life like Paul did for his helpers.