” For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s”
As we discussed in the previous lesson, Paul mentored Timothy and trusted him implicitly to go back and minister to the Philippian Church. He says here that Timothy is the only one who is like minded with him and that Timothy will naturally care for the church.
Isn’t that what discipleship is all about? Jesus did everything He could to try to teach His disciples to be like minded with Him. Over and over again we see Him explaining the parables in detail to the disciples so they will understand the deeper meaning of the simple stories He was telling. We see Him take aside the disciples many times and teach them kingdom principles. And we see the final prayer in John where He instructs the disciples on what they need to be doing and what they will face.
He knew he would be leaving this world and wanted the disciples prepared for what was to come. Life would not be easy for them. He knew they would face scorn and ridicule and He wanted them to be strong in the face of it. He wanted them to be like minded with Him and to be able to trust them with the message that He left.
I find it fascinating that the one who denied him three times – Peter – is the one who became the greatest spokesman in the Jerusalem Church. He was also the first one to go to the Gentiles when he went to see Cornelius. It boggles the mind to see what the Holy Spirit can do to a man. Peter was just a fisherman and he became the Lord’s greatest spokesman. He gave his life for his Savior. What an example for us to follow.
Paul then addresses a problem that is still in the church today. There are too many ministers and pastors that are only seeking their own and not seeking the things which are Christ. You might ask who are these? These are the ones refuse to teach the uncompromising word of God. They don’t have a problem compromising on abortion. They don’t have a problem compromising on gay and lesbian relationships. They don’t have a problem compromising on many issues that are very explicit in the Bible. They just want to be liked and don’t want to be controversial.
When you look at the teachings of Jesus, He was extremely controversial in His day. And He never backed down to the scribes and the Pharisees. He preached the uncompromising word because He was sent from His Father and He had to tell the truth. He was not here to seek His own glory but to bring glory to the Father. We need to be the same way. Never compromise what the word of God says. Now we need to love one another and all of our preaching needs to be done in love and with a heart to restore and to save the lost soul. We are not here to condemn anyone. It is also not our job to convince them that their sinners. That is the Holy Spirit’s job (John 16:8-11). All we can do is present the gospel message and hope that they hear it.
So let’s be like Timothy. Let’s be like minded with Christ and care for the church enough to tell them the truth. We should never seek our own glory, but seek to glorify Jesus Christ in everything we do.
Lord, Help me never to seek any glory for myself. I want to glorify you in all I say and do. Help me preach the uncompromising Word of God, that sinners will come to repentance and be saved.