Paul loved Timothy like a son. Paul also loved Philippi. Keeping in the theme of Philippians, we can see that sacrifice should bring great joy. It cannot be understated that Paul’s wish to send Timothy to Philippi would’ve been a great personal sacrifice to him. They lived in an age of no cars, modern mail service or social networking. To send someone away from you meant being cutoff from them, often for a time of years. Yet, Paul expresses joy at sending the best he has to the ones he loves deeply. This is a clear picture of the thoughts of God the Father who sent his son for our sakes. It should be noted that this wasn’t a secret plan to spy on Philippi. Instead it was a plan expressed freely. Paul was free with his thoughts and was hopeful that each person and part in the equation would be helpful and significant to the other. I have met many pastors who would keep their personal lives and friends a distant secret from their congregants, hoping to maintain a private little wall that o keep out the chaos. They would not gladly share the best they have. As we have deep and meaningful relationships that have impacted us, is it our wish to share those with each other? How often to we boldly expect our blessings to be bless others?
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MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary View more posts