My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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I Have No One Like Him
The ruins of Philippi
Phil. 2:19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. 20 I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 All of them are seeking their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But Timothy’s worth you know, how like a son with a father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I will also come soon.
It’s amazing that amongst those who had served with Paul, at the moment of this writing, there were not many options to send to Philippi. It’s Timothy who can be trusted because he has “proven character” and a genuine interest in the people. He has not been seeking his own safety, pleasure or profit while in ministry. Instead, as John Wesley says, he is “willing naked to follow a naked Master.” There is no one like Timothy, and therefore Paul is sending him to the Philippian church.
All who call themselves by the name “Christian” should, from time to time, create space for personal reflection. It’s easy to be carried away by, what I would call, “religion creep.” That is, our “religiosity” can sometimes get in the way of our pure, “naked” relationship with Jesus Christ. There is always the work of the church, which is good and healthy, but should never take over the place of knowing Christ in our lives. Practicing religiosity, judging others, comparing ourselves to others, thinking that we are better than others, etc.can take the place of a deep relationship with our Lord. In reality these becomes barriers to a deeper walk with Christ.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if God could point to us, his disciples, and say, “I have no one like him/her?” I think that’s the goal that is set before us. Timothy becomes a role model, a person whom we ought to emulate. He had proven character because he had survived both good times and trials in ministry, and remained solidly faithful. Therefore, we are challenged to persevere in our faith, doing all that we can to become Christlike disciples.
Timothy reflected the image of Christ in all that he did. That’s why Paul could say that there was “no one like him.” Throughout history there are giants in the faith who are role models for us. I believe that in every generation there are those to whom we can point and say, “there is no one like him/her.” I’m not so sure that that is supposed to be an extraordinary experience, or whether, by the power of the Holy Spirit this is to become commonplace in the life of the believer. Motivations checked, stripped of all that might hinder, we follow the Messiah with genuine interest and proven character. It is then that the Father can say, “I have no one like him/her.”
Scripture: Job 38:1-2 Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Observation: Trying to give a reason for Job’s circumstances, his friends had provided every explanation imaginable to the human mind. Now, it was time for God’s response and reality is brought into focus. The friends were bringing counsel to Job, but they did not have knowledge. There was far too much that they did not understand. Following this question God reminds Job that God alone has power over creation, and this knowledge is far beyond Job’s understanding. Therefore, the words of Job’s friends are hollow with misunderstanding. They do not know God, and should not presume to speak for God, for their counsel becomes words without knowledge. Application: If our first instinct is not to run to the Lord in difficult circumstances, we may be allowing ourselves to be counseled by words without knowledge. There are plenty of people who are willing to give us ad…
Scripture: Acts 9:32 Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. 35 And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. Observation:
In this text by the physician Luke, Paul has just recently been converted. Suddenly the narrative shifts to the Apostle Peter who is, no doubt, the leader of the followers of the Way. This passage sets the stage for the expansion of the ministry to the Gentiles. It is in Joppa that Peter has his vision that eventually leads him to the house of Cornelius but at this moment, Peter has no idea where this is going. Peter is simply going about his business, visiting the believers who live outside of Jerusalem, making it to the town of Lydda.
It is in Lydda, not far from …
Scripture: Galatians 3:28 There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise. Observation:
This passage from Paul’s epistle to the Galatians is frequently quoted and used to remind us of the unity which is found when we belong to Christ. Any barriers that may have existed are to be brought down. The power of prejudice is to be destroyed and a new life is to be found when one belongs to Christ.
Jerome put it this way, “ When one has once put on Christ and, having been sent into the flame, glows with the ardor of the Holy Spirit, it is not apparent whether he is of gold or silver. As long as the heat takes over the mass in this way there is one fiery color, and all diversity of race, condition and body is taken away by such a garment.” (EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS 2.3.27–28) What happens is that the former…