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The Kenosis of Timothy

Philippians 2:19-24

01/17/1999

This is a very simple, very practical passage that gives us an example of a selfless man. A young man like us who learned to live according to the pattern that God has established. The example of Timothy is very encouraging to us.

Thomas Brooks said, "Example is the most powerful rhetoric." The Holy Spirit knowing this now gives us three examples to follow. We tend to be creatures led more by pattern than precept and that makes example so powerful.

Principle and precepts tell us our duty but example assures us that duty is possible. We need models -- precepts fleshed out by example.

1 Peter 2:21 (NKJV) For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:

Jesus is our example, we are to follow in His steps. The modern fad of WWJD presents a very good question for us to ask ourselves in each and every situation. What Would Jesus Do? We are to be like him so we should do what He would do. Paul practiced modeling Christ and expected others to follow him:

1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV) Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
Philippians 3:17 (NKJV) Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
Philippians 4:9 (NKJV) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Paul clearly teaches that we are to follow the example of his life. The Bible teaches us that the elders of the church are to be examples to the flock:

1 Peter 5:1-3 (NKJV) The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;

The church of God is to be led by the living visual power of example. We all need examples to follow. Parents, we are also to be examples to our children. You know from first hand knowledge that they pick up what you do much quicker than what you say. The parent who says, "Do as I say, not as I do" is asking the child to overcome the power of example. This is wrong! The child will imitate the parent's example.

In verses 1-16 of chapter 2, Paul lays out our duty as believers, this is how we are supposed to live. In verses 1-4, we are exhorted to strive for unity which comes from a life of humility. In verses 5-8, we see that Christ is an example of humility. In verses 9-11, we see how Christ was exalted because of his humility. Then in verses 12-13, we are called to work out our practical sanctification. We are to do this without complaining and as we do we will be lights to the world (verses 14-16.)

Then in verse 17-30, Paul gives us three models to follow; himself, Timothy and Epaphroditus. They each give us an illustration of selfless, humble service without complaining.

In verses 17-18, we saw Paul the "Sacrificial Rejoicer." The principle we saw last week was "The greater the sacrifice, the greater the joy." The more Paul sacrificed, the greater was his joy. Paul followed Christ and is an excellent example for us.

Today, in verses 19-24, we see the example of Timothy, the "Single minded sympathizer."

Philippians 2:19 (NKJV) But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

Paul wanted to go to Philippi himself, he loved the Philippians and wanted to be with them:

Philippians 1:3-4 (NKJV) I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy,
Philippians 1:8 (NKJV) For God is my witness, how greatly I long for you all with the affection of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:1 (NKJV) Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.

Paul has a very close and loving relationship with the Philippians. He wanted to be with them to fellowship with them, but he also wanted to aid them in their spiritual progress:

Philippians 1:25 (NKJV) And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith,

Paul stresses the need for unity which leads us to believe there must have been some disunity among them:

Philippians 4:2 (NKJV) I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

There was obviously a problem between these two ladies in the church and Paul exhorts them to unity. Paul wanted to be there with them to help them to work it out but Paul is a prisoner in Rome. He can't be with them so he sends Timothy.

"I trust in the Lord Jesus" -- the word "trust" is elpizo, which means: "expect or hope." His hope is in the Lord Jesus. All of Paul's hopes and expectations were contingent upon God's sovereign will. The Lord Jesus Christ was the circumference of all his thoughts, plans, hopes and expectations.

I think that many Christians live like atheists when it comes to every day life. It's possible to express our dependance upon God in formal worship and then disregard Him in the daily pursuits of life. Do you live your life and make you plans in dependance upon God? Or do you live like an atheist? James rebukes this spirit of practical atheism:

James 4:13-17 (NKJV) Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";

This is an attitude of self-sufficiency. God is left out of their plans. This is practical atheism. Do you do this? Parents, how do you feel when your young children make plans without consulting you? We might ask them, "Who in the world do you think you are? You don't make plans without asking me." This attitude in our children angers us, but we often do this very thing to God.

14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.

Do you realize that? We have no clue as to what tomorrow may bring or if we will even have tomorrow.

15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Verse 15 is calling for an attitude of humble submission to God's sovereign will. It is an attitude that says, "I'm making plans (which is fine, we should plan) but I realize that God's plan for me may be different." The proper attitude is to accept and submit to God's plan, whatever it may be.

This is what Paul is saying in Philippians 2:19, "My plan is to send Timothy to you but I know that it is all contingent on God's providence." The phrase "Lord willing" is not some pious phrase that we add to all our declarations but it is to be an attitude of our heart. If you say to me, "I'll come over to your house tomorrow, God willing." You don't need to say, "God willing." I know that if God is not willing, you won't be there. You don't need to say that but you do need to understand that all of our plans are subject to God's will.

Paul plans to send Timothy to them. "Timothy" means: "one who honors God." Timothy was a native of either Derbe or Lystra:

Acts 16:1-4 (NKJV) Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.

Timothy had a good reputation among the local churches.

3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek. 4 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem.

So, Paul here picks up Timothy and he begins to travel with them. Timothy's mother was a believing Jew and his father was a Greek. The fact that Timothy wasn't circumcised would seem to show that he was educated in Greek culture. We don't know when or how he was converted, but First and Second Timothy give us some insight:

2 Timothy 1:5 (NKJV) when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

Timothy had a godly Grandmother and Mother who obviously has a great impact on his life.

2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NKJV) But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

How did Timothy know the Scriptures from childhood? His mother and grandmother obviously taught him the Word of God. The word "child" in verse 15 is brephos, which means: "infant or baby." It is used in:

1 Peter 2:2 (NKJV) as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby,

It is used here of "newborn" babies. Brephos is even used of John the Baptist leaping in the womb:

Luke 1:41 (NKJV) And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

So, the word is telling us that Timothy knew the Scriptures from the time he was a little baby. Moms, this is a high calling that will primarily rest on your shoulders because you are the ones who spend the most time with the children.

1 Timothy 2:12-15 (NKJV) And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

Ladies, you can't teach in the assembly of the church and you can't be an elder but you can influence the church through the lives of your children. The word "childbearing" is teknogonia, it means: "the performance of maternal duties." Moms, your God given calling is to raise your children in godliness. Child rearing is a full time job, don't forsake it in the pursuit of materialism. Your children will grow up and be gone before you know it. I remember very clearly when my first daughter was born. I remember the doctor holding her in one hand. It seems like just yesterday, but she's 21 now. They grow up so fast.

It was Timothy's grandmother and mother that taught him the word of God and gave him a godly heritage.

1 Timothy 1:2 (NKJV) To Timothy, a true son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Paul calls Timothy his "true son in the faith." The word "true" is gnesios, it means: "legitimate, genuine, true." Timothy's mother or grandmother probably led him to the Lord, and then Paul took and discipled him. Paul calls him his son in the faith because they were so much like each other, because Paul had poured his life into Timothy. Spiritually there relationship was like father and son.

Timothy was with Paul in Philippi when the church was started. He was with Paul in Thessalonica and Berea, he was with him at Corinth and Ephesus and he was with him in prison at Rome, but Timothy wasn't a prisoner. He was Paul's disciple and loving companion. He was Paul's aid-de-camp, his right hand man.

Philippians 2:19 (NKJV) But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

Paul says that he hopes to send Timothy "shortly." How soon is "shortly"? If you look at verse 23 he tells us:

Philippians 2:23 (NKJV) Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.

I think that what Paul is saying here is, "As soon as I hear the outcome of my trial, I'm going to send him so you will know what is happening in my life." The Philippians were concerned about Paul and he wanted to keep them informed. He was going to send Timothy to them just as soon as he knew the results of his trial.

Sidebar on "shortly":

The Greek word for "shortly" is tacheos. According to Arndt and Gingich Lexicon, tachos is used in the LXX and certain non-canonical writings to mean speed, quickness, swiftness, haste, suddenly.

Are you excited about Timothy's soon arrival? Why not? The Bible says that Paul will send him "shortly." But I don't know of any Christians that are looking for Timothy to arrive soon. Christian's understand that Paul was speaking to the Philippians in the first century when he said this. They don't understand the "shortly" to be to them but to the Philippians of the first century. Why then, when it comes to the return of Christ, do they not take "shortly" in its first century context?

The Greek word translated "shortly" in Revelation 1:1 is tachos:

Revelation 1:1 (NKJV) The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants; things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John,
Revelation 22:6 (NKJV) Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

These words were spoken to a first century audience, and if these things were to take place "shortly," how can we still be expecting them now, some 2,000 years later? Shortly to the churches in Asia minor is the same shortly as it was to the Philippians. I think if we weren't blinded by tradition, we would see this.

Some try to redefine these terms to fit their theology. One Dispensational writer explains the use of tachos in Revelation 1:1 this way: "The idea is not that the event may occur soon, but that when it does, it will be sudden". What consolation would this have offered to those persecuted saints? Interpreting this passage to mean that Jesus will come rapidly some two or three thousand years in the future mocks their historical circumstances. Revelation hails the advent of Jesus as a relief; the original audience would not have been consoled to hear that once He started to come, in a couple thousand years, He would come quickly. How does this author use his definition of tachos in our text?:

Philippians 2:19 (KJV) 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.

Does this mean that whenever Timothy does come to them he will come running?

Romans 16:20 (NKJV) And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Again the same word is used for "shortly." Christians expected Timothy to show up in Philippi in the first century, but they don't believe Paul that Satan was "crushed" in the first century. We must work to be more consistent in our hermeneutic.

The Greek word used in Romans 16:20 for "crush" is suntribo, it means: "to crush completely, i.e. to shatter (lit. or fig.):--break (in pieces)."

When is it that Satan is to be crushed completely? Paul tells the Roman Christians that it would happen "shortly." Do you think that the believers at Rome could have conceived of shortly as meaning some 2,000 plus years? If the crushing was not to take place for some 2,000 plus years, how could he be crushed under "their" feet? The people to whom this was written are dust now, they have no feet.

Back to Philippians. Why is Paul sending Timothy?

Philippians 2:19 (NKJV) But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state.

He was sending Timothy so he, "may be encouraged when I know your state." The Greek word for encouraged is eupsucheo, it means: "to be in good spirits, to be encouraged." So, upon Timothy's return to Paul, he will bring the good news that all is well with the Philippians. The trip from Paul to the Philippians would have been a forty day trip on foot. This would be an eighty day round trip for Timothy. Paul expected to hear a positive report, he had confidence in the Philippians.

In verses 20-22, Paul give us the Kenosis of Timothy. We studied the word "kenosis" in 2:7. The word keno means: "to empty." So, kenosis is the emptying. Here we see the self-emptying of Timothy. I want to look at seven features in these verses that Timothy models in spiritual living.

1. Timothy is a reproduction of Paul.

Philippians 2:20 (NKJV) For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

Paul was following Christ and Timothy was following Christ as he followed Paul. Paul says, "I only have Timothy to send to you, he's the only one like me."

The word "like-minded" is the Greek word isopsuchos. This word is only used here in the New Testament. It comes from two words: isos, which we have already seen in 2:6, it means: "equal." Then the word psuche, which means: "spirit, soul or mind." Paul is saying, "I have nobody of equal mind, equal life, equal spirit." He is saying that Timothy is equal to him. Timothy thinks like Paul, he acts like Paul, he ministers like Paul. Paul had no one else like him.

Of all the Christians at Rome, of all the brethren that were with Paul, of all the saints who were members of Caesar's household, there was no one who shared so intimately Paul's heart as Timothy. They were equal in soul.

1 Corinthians 4:14-17 (NKJV) I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you. 15 For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.

Paul says, "I want you to follow me, now here's Timothy." Timothy was a reproduction of Paul. Paul couldn't be there so he sent Timothy who was just like him. This is the goal of discipleship, to reproduce yourself in others.

Luke 6:40 (NKJV) "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.

Timothy is a model of what we all should be. We are all called to pattern our lives after Paul, who patterned his life after Jesus. It should be the goal of every disciple to reproduce themselves in the lives of others.

2 Timothy 2:2 (NKJV) And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

How do we make disciples? We saw this in 2:15-16; mandate and model, exhortation and example, precept and pattern. We teach the truth and we model the truth.

We all should have a Paul (a model of godliness) to follow and a Timothy (someone that we are reproducing ourselves in). Caution: people tend to pick up our negative traits more quickly than they do our positive traits.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul and he was:

2. Timothy was sympathetic.

Philippians 2:20 (NKJV) For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

Paul said that Timothy would "sincerely care for your state."The word "sincerely" is the Greek word gnesios, it means: "legitimately or genuinely." Timothy had the heart of a true disciple:

John 13:34-35 (NKJV) "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

The word Paul uses for "care" is the Greek word merimnao, it means: "to be anxious, worried or burdened in a serious way, to be troubled with care." This is a strong verb. Timothy has a genuine burden for the Philippians. We see this same word in noun form in:

2 Corinthians 11:28 (NKJV) besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.

When you compare these two passages, you see how deeply he had drunk of the apostle's spirit and attitude to his missionary and pastoral work. The care of all the churches was shared by both men. Look with me at:

Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Are Paul and Timothy in violation of this verse? This verb is used often in the gospel, "take no thought/ merimnao for your life." What is forbidden in the gospels and here in 4:6 is anxious care for one's self and one's own interest. Timothy and Paul's anxiety was for the spiritual welfare of others. This is a biblical anxiety.

1 Corinthians 12:25 (NKJV) that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.

This states the Christian's responsibility for other believers using the identical verb. It is amazing how often we see this reversed. We find ourselves guilty of anxiety over our own interest to the exclusion of others' well being. We have actually turned the Scriptures around. We do what is forbidden and don't do what is commanded.

Timothy fleshed out esteeming others as better then our self:

Philippians 2:4 (NKJV) Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul, he was sympathetic and:

3. Timothy was single-minded.

Philippians 2:21 (NKJV) For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.

This is a sad verse. "All men seek their own." What he is saying is that everybody is selfish. The word "all" used here is the Greek word hoi pantes, it means: "one and all, all without exception, the whole of them." Paul is literally saying, "there is no other Christian at Rome, apart from Timothy, upon whom he could count on at this time to care about the Philippians. Luke and Aristarchus, had already left Rome, so he is not speaking badly of them.

Paul speaks here in the present tense -- "they are all continually seeking their own interest." This is strong! Is Paul complaining? No. He is contrasting Timothy's concern for the Philippians with the lack of concern by others for Christ. He doesn't say that others care for themselves and not for you, but others care for themselves and not for Christ. To be concerned for other Christians is to be concerned for Christ, to love Christ is to love his people.

1 John 4:20-21 (KJV) If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

Paul says, "They don't care for you so they don't care for Christ." Christ is one with his children.

Matthew 25:40 (NKJV) "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'
Acts 9:1 (NKJV) Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Acts 9:4 (NKJV) Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"
1 Corinthians 6:17 (NKJV) But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him.

Timothy cares about Christ's interest, he's single minded. Everyone else at Rome is double minded. Timothy's interests were in Christ, not himself.

Paul's words are a scathing indictment against the awful sin of selfishness.

1 Corinthians 10:24 (NKJV) Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well-being.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

Demas had forsaken Paul, and he wasn't the only one:

2 Timothy 4:16 (NKJV) At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.

This has reference to his first imprisonment at Rome which is when he wrote the letter to the Philippians. When Paul said, "All men seek their own," he meant it!

If we have just one Timothy in our lives, we are doing well. One solid dependable disciple. Many people serve Christ, it's just that they're not single minded, their interests are mixed. Some will serve only when Christ's gain is compatible with their own. What made Timothy so special in ministry is that he is so single minded. When everybody else had a lot of interests, he had only one-- Jesus Christ.

John Calvin said, "Involved in their own private affairs, they were the more negligent to promote the public advantage of the Church. For it must necessarily be, that one or other of two dispositions rules in us; either that, overlooking ourselves we are devoted to Christ and the things that are Christ's or that too intent on our own advantage, we serve Christ perfunctorily."

Is Christ one of the items on your agenda? Or is Christ your agenda? Paul said in Philippians 3:13, " one thing I do." Can you say that? It's so easy to put other things first; reputation, pleasure, plans, or family. Timothy put Christ first, he was single minded. What is it that you're seeking in life? Is it your own interests or Christ's?

2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?; unless indeed you are disqualified.

We need to stop and take spiritual inventory, to examine ourselves.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul, he was sympathetic, single-minded, and:

4. Timothy was mature.

Philippians 2:22 (NKJV) But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

The word "know" is gnosko, it means: "to know by experience." Timothy had a long and intimate relationship with this church. The word "proven" is dokime, it means: "to approve by testing, tried character." Timothy's character had been tried and proven. When Paul gave Timothy the qualifications of an elder, he said that he was not to be a novice.

1 Timothy 3:6 (NKJV) not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

Timothy was no novice, his character had been proven. How does a believer mature? What are the means of sanctification? 1. The Word of God. 2. Providence. Timothy has spent time in God's word. When you neglect the Bible, you ignore Jesus Christ. His maturity was a product of his single mindedness.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul, he was sympathetic, single-minded, mature and:

5. Timothy was submissive.

Philippians 2:22 (NKJV) ..... as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel.

The word "served" is douleuo, it means: "to be a slave, to be in bondage." It is the noun used of Christ in:

Philippians 2:7 (NKJV) but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.

Paul is saying, "He slaved with me." Not he was a slave to me, but he slaved with me. He was my equal. The word "son" is teknon which means: "offspring, to be a father." Timothy esteemed and submitted to his spiritual father Paul. No murmuring over difficult conditions, just submission.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul, he was sympathetic, single-minded, mature, submissive and:

6. Timothy was sacrificial.

"He served with me in the gospel." It was no small act of self-denial on Timothy's part to leave his home and abandon other prospects to share the uncertainties and dangers of Paul's way of life. This was no twentieth century evangelistic campaign of luxury and self indulgence.

Hebrews 13:23 (NKJV) Know that our brother Timothy has been set free, with whom I shall see you if he comes shortly.

Timothy was imprisoned for his faith. He was willing to do what was required to serve in the furtherance of the gospel. As far as we know, Timothy had no wife, no children, no home. On top of everything that he had to go through, It must have been hard for Timothy to watch all that Paul had to suffer. He was only concerned with Christ's interests.

Timothy was a reproduction of Paul, he was sympathetic, single-minded, mature, submissive, sacrificial and:

7. Timothy was available.

Philippians 2:23 Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me.

Whenever Paul wished for information from some church or wished to send advice or encouragement or rebuke and could not go himself, it was Timothy that he sent. Timothy was sent to Thessalonica (1 Thes. 3:6), to Corinth (1 Cor. 4:7), Philippi and to Ephesus:

1 Timothy 1:3 (NKJV) As I urged you when I went into Macedonia; remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

Timothy was always willing to go anywhere without complaining, and in his hands a message was as safe as if Paul had delivered it himself. Others might be consumed with selfish desire but Timothy's one desire was to serve Christ. Timothy is a model for us to look to and follow in these seven areas. He was a living, breathing, fleshed out example of all that God wants us to be. He was a reproduction of Paul. When you looked at him, you saw Paul. He was sympathetic, he was single minded, he was mature, he was submissive, he was sacrificial, and he was available.

Philippians 2:24 (NKJV) But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

Paul says, "If it is in God's providential will, I'm going to come to you myself shortly.

Who is your Timothy? Do you have someone that you are being an example to? Is there someone that you are investing your life into? We are all called to make disciples.

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