25 Nov 2012
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. 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. But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. (Philippians 2:19-24 KJV)
Preparation- Tim was the servant that was sent to represent The Lord and take care of the church. He was prepared to go. Like Isaiah here am I send me.
What are you doing to preparing you to serve your God?
What are you doing that makes you unable to serve?
There will always be needs but as Jesus said the harvest is ready yet the labors are few.
It could be sin, job, hobbies, est .
“Be on your guard, so that your minds are not dulled from carousing, drunkenness, and worries of life, or that day will come on you unexpectedly like a trap. For it will come on all who live on the face of the whole earth. But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:34-36 HCSB)
Positioned- he made himself available to God and others.
There are going to be a lot of people who want to be up front and be seen yet few who will be willing to be behind the others and serve without recognition.
Like minded with Paul.
The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (Luke 4:18, 19 HCSB)
Jesus cares about
Us Walking with him
The broke hearted
Captive (of all sorts of things)
If you are feeling selfish and not caring about others you can ask God to show you His heart. To love the things God loves and hate the things He hates.
Proven character- he had been able to prove who he was on the inside and out.
But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father. (Philippians 2:22 HCSB)
We don't always pass the test to prove our character. When God wants us to love and we don't want to show love to that person we fail to be used be God.
Ask him to grow you into the man/women that he sees you as.
"If I take of me character God will take care of my reputation."-IDK who said it.
Who we are is far more important then what we do.
Who we are in Jesus is far more important that what we do for Jesus.