Timothy - A Commendable Servant of God
In Philippians 2:5-11 the Apostle Paul outlines the Christian’s example, being none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. However, he carries along this glorious truth and presents example of a great Christian. Paul praised his fellow-worker, and after thinking about Christ’s servanthood, he remembered that he lived with a servant, Timothy, who had the same disposition. Paul saw Timothy as a valued servant in the context of the ministry the Lord had entrusted to him.
Timothy had the heart of a servant. The servant’s heart grows in us as we yield to the Lord and seek to serve others. Paul saw this type heart as one that produced joy and an opportunity for other believers to be blessed.
After Paul points to Jesus as the Supreme Example, he points to Timothy as the Servant Example. If we are to learn anything about humility and selflessness, we must look to Christ.
Today as we celebrate Jim Law’s 25th anniversary at FBCW, I wish to celebrate his Servant Example to this body of believers, even as Paul, celebrated Timothy to the Philippian body.
I. THE TESTIMONY OF THE SERVANT
Testimony - is a person’s witness as known by others.
‘‘Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth;
A stranger, and not your own lips.’’
In Proverbs 27:21b ‘‘a man is valued by what others say of him.’’
In verse 19 Paul spoke of being ‘‘encouraged’’- Paul having his concern for the Philippians known would ‘‘lift his spirit.’’ He used the unusual word for ‘‘cheered’’ which showed how important this was to him.
Paul’s shepherd heart caused him to concern himself with the spiritual progress of his converts.
‘‘Then after some days Paul said to Barnabas, ‘‘‘Let us now go back and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they are doing.’’’
A. Timothy’s Sincerity 20
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