When Paul said “all seek their own” in Philippians 2:21, he didn’t mean every person in existence. It was a figure of speech…sort of like how we might say “all our friends are going to the game”. We don’t necessarily mean every friend we have or have ever had. So Paul was talking about some he thought he might choose from…someone he could send in his place to speak to the Philippians.
So “all” was a sub-section of people. There was one, though, who Paul felt confident to commend or recommend…Timothy. And Paul knew someone needed to go…someone who had enough love for the gospel and enough love for his Christian brothers to be there when needed.
That got me to thinking…would I be someone Paul could feel confident in recommending…someone he’d feel comfortable saying good things about. When I surveyed the landscape of my life, I saw a rough topography filled with crevasses I fell into and mountain peaks I never scaled. So…I decided I wouldn’t be a good candidate for Paul’s replacement. Then, I considered a bit more.
Hmm…you know Paul was first called Saul. And he was zealous in his persecution of the early Christians. Yet, Jesus saw something in him worth redeeming. And Paul still had to be knocked off his donkey (on the road to Damascus) and blinded for three days before he was fit for duty…so to speak. So…I decided, well…if Paul could be found redeemable and then work for the Lord, maybe so could I.
So here I am sharing my words and music of faith, hope, and love. My fervent hope is that, as my days, weeks, months, and years progress from this point on, I’ll continue to strengthen my spirit to wrestle the flesh so that I can be at least somewhat of a “good and faithful servant”. What about you? Do you want to be commendable?
In Christian Loveâ€¦
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