I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ(Philippians [2:19]–21,ESV).
Are you serving Jesus Christ?
You say you love Him and are following Him, but would you say you live to serve Him?
Timothy was a young protégé of Paul, like a son to him. When Paul was in prison during the writing of his letter to the Philippians, his desire was to send Timothy to visit them at some point, both as an encouragement to the church and as a means of reporting back to Paul how they were getting along.
And what better person to send, really, since as Paul said to the Philippians, “You know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel” (Philippians [2:22]). Timothy modeled what a servant’s heart looks like. He didn’t know, for instance, exactly when Paul was hoping to dispatch him on this traveling errand. He didn’t know what he might be busy doing when the message came from Paul to go. But when it did, he knew he’d be ready to pick up and leave, because his own likes, wants, personal desires, and agendas weren’t going to hold him back from serving Jesus.
True servants just do. They don’t look for excuses. They don’t see if you can wait for a more convenient, conducive time. Do you need something from them? Just ask. And consider it done.
Who doesn’t love people like that?
Being a joyful follower of Christ comes from worshiping Him and walking with Him, but also from working for Him. Not just going to church every week—not just living out the basics of the Christian life—but actually shouldering some kingdom responsibility.