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Proving One's Self

"For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But 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" (Phil. 2: 21-22).

What does it take to prove one's self to someone? As a teacher, I was asked on many occasions to write letters of recommendation for some of my students, either to get into a school or get a job. I guess that one of the ways that we prove ourselves to others is to have a good "track record." If someone is going to admit us to their school or hire us, they want to know something about the body of work that we have already accomplished. In this section of the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul is writing a letter of recommendation to them about Timothy. About twelve years have passed between Timothy joining up with Paul (Acts 16) and the writing of this letter. Paul thinks that the church at Philippi can use someone like Timothy to help the work there, and he wanted them to trust him. Though we don't know specifics, Timothy must have been doing very good work to earn this glowing praise from someone like Paul. Having Paul's name on your resume must have been quite impressive.

Timothy had proven himself to the extent that Paul said; "I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare" (V 20). Using a bit of hyperbole, he says that "everyone else looks out for his own interests." Whatever Timothy had done for these sixteen years to spread the gospel of the Lord, he certainly must have done it well. It is evident that he was ready to go anywhere that he was needed, and trusted his mentor Paul whom he served as a father. He also trusted that the tasks he would take on were the will of the Lord. He had proven himself. We must prove ourselves also....Every day! A great resume is wonderful, but we must prove daily that we are the right people for the Lord. Our Christian walk must be made each day, proving ourselves worthy of His calling...

Have a wonderful week...Start it out with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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