Paul was in prison – incarcerated because of his stand for the Gospel. Even in prison, though, Paul continued his ministry to the churches. He just needed a little help.
Here comes Timothy – a young man won to Christ by Paul who was now his trusted friend. This is what Paul said about Timothy in Philippians 2:19-22.
19 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. 20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
Paul trusted and relied upon Timothy. Even the people in the church knew Timothy’s reputation.
As I read these verses I thought, “Everyone needs a Timothy”.
- a person that can be counted on to do the right thing, to be the right human;
- one who holds trust like a precious treasure and follows through with a task;
- a friend who shares one’s belief and cares for the soul;
- a confidant who places others above himself.
Everyone needs a Timothy –
or perhaps God is calling you or me to be one.