|Staying in the Word|
Chapter Two, Lesson Four
THE JOY OF FAITHFULNESS Page 2
The Joy of Faithfulness
V.19 ** As Paul opens our passage, he is waiting for the verdict of his Roman imprisonment. However, this is not a time of idleness for Paul. (cf. Philippians 1:12) What is it that he wants to do?
** Is he sending Timothy because he is looking out for himself, and wants the Philippians to help him?
I would like us to take a long look at this next thought...
** How expensive will it be to Paul to send Timothy?
We can see by all of this, that Paul derived great joy from Timothy's faithfulness and to send him anywhere would be very costly indeed.
** Do you have a Timothy type in your life? What if it became necessary to let go of that beloved brother or sister, so they could go off to help someone else in their service to Christ?
V.20 ** Before you can answer that question, let's continue in Paul's thought. Not only does he give up someone who is personally valuable to him - someone he needs and loves, but with what does that leave him?