Devotional: ‘A Child Who Cares For the Things of Christ’

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Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

Shortly after Paul and Timothy first met, they became as close as a father and son. Perhaps Paul was the father-figure Timothy never had, and Timothy was the son Paul always wanted. Scripture teaches us that they remained very close throughout their time together. In Paul’s final New Testament letter, he begged his young companion to come and be with him. (see 2 Tim 4:9) What made Paul and Timothy such deep and devoted friends?

Paul tells us that they were ‘like-minded.’ This word literally means that they were equal in both in quantity and quality of soul. That is quite a complement to come from such a great Christian as the Apostle Paul. Looking deeper into Paul’s words we see that he and Timothy shared an equal love for the Lord. Both men were willing to die to self in order to serve Christ. In addition, they also shared an equal concern for God’s people. Both men were willing to sacrifice of their own happiness and well-being in order to see God’s people grow spiritually.

As I have been studying the life of Timothy, I discovered this list of character qualities:

He had a good reputation  (Acts 16:2)

He was very respectful of his superiors  (Acts 16:2)

He was supportive and encouraging (Acts 18:5, Phil 2:22; 1 Thess 3:2)

He was humble and had a servant’s heart   (Acts 18:5, Acts 10:22; Phil 2:22)

He was a worker  (Rom 16:21; 1 Cor 16:10; 1 Thess 3:2; 2 Tim 2:15)

He was faithful  (1 Cor 4:17; Phil 2:22)

He was well grounded in Scripture  (1 Cor 4:17; 1 Cor 16:10; 2 Tim 3:14,15)

He was a gifted teacher and speaker  (1 Cor 4:17; 1 Tim 1:3,5; 1 Tim 4:6,11,13,16; 1 Tim 6:17,18; 2 Tim 2:2)

He had a strong faith  (1 Thess 3:2; 2 Tim 1:5; 1 Tim 4:12; 2 Tim 3:10)

He was unselfish  (Acts 18:5; Phil 2:20-22)

He was concerned about others  (Phil 2:20; 1 Tim 4:12; 2 Tim 3:10)

He was trustworthy  (1 Tim 6:20)

He maintained his moral purity  (1 Tim 4:12)

Timothy wasn’t perfect, yet he shows us what we can be if we are willing to make Christ the Lord of our life. Many years ago another young Christian heard someone say – The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” As the young man pondered over these words, he concluded, “By God’s help, I aim to be that man.” That young man was Dwight L. Moody and he became a world renowned evangelist. Even one hundred years later, Dwight L. Moody is still making an impact upon the world for the cause of Christ.

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