Who’s Your Timothy
I was reading Philippians this morning and thought I would share it with you.
19I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare. 21For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. -Philippians 2:19-22
Do you have someone in your ministry that takes interest in others more than themselves? This type of person is very unique, and has a very special relationship with the leader that he or she serves with. I believe the terminology that Paul used is, his son Timothy. Timothy wasn’t really Paul’s biological son, but he did have a spiritual father / son relationship with Timothy. Just like a biological son looks, acts and many times takes on the same interest as the father they are raised by, so it is with a spiritual father son relationship.
Is there someone in your ministry that you are fathering to work in the trenches of ministry with you? This individual is someone that we give extra time to and help develop this person’s potential in ministry. Now this relationship isn’t a church cultivated relationship, but someone that is brought in and is part of your life. In today’s terminology we call it, mentoring, but I believe this type of relationship is more than guiding and developing, it is reproducing who you are as a minister of the gospel into another person’s life. It is sharing your life, ambitions and having this special son or daughter in your life to share in the ministry that God has given you.
I can’t say that I really have this type of relationship with anyone right now, but today I am asking God to show me who this person might be so I can begin taking steps to cultivate this relationship.