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19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 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. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
Over the last week these WhatsApp devotionals have often focused on the gospel and how Paul encourages us to both speak and demonstrate the truth of the Good News of Jesus. We are not called to do this on our
own – but alongside others. Paul often wrote in his letters about others that he valued and trusted,
Timothy being a key person. Although there was an age gap between them, and despite Paul’s
imprisonment, this passage highlights their shared love for Christ and their mutual regard for each other and for God’s people. It speaks powerfully of the precious relationships God gives us as believers which bring Him glory as we serve Him together. “I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare”…looking out for the interests of Jesus Christ (v20-21).
Let’s give thanks today for our sisters and brothers in the church family who encourage us and whose partnership in the gospel we value. Why not make contact with someone in our church family today, and let them know how much you appreciate and value them in the Lord?