Cheer others on
But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know how you are doing. Philippians 2:19
This is hard to imagine. Even before we had the internet and cell phones, we could at least call someone from our home phone or send a card that would be received in just a couple days. Here Paul is talking about sending Timothy to the church at Philippi. He knows it is a long hard trip and he is definitely praying for God’s help to get Timothy there. This was the only way the letters got to the churches and the only way Paul got a report back from the churches, by sending a courier. Only a couple verses earlier, Paul says he is rejoicing even though he is about to lose his life. He is excited to hear about the successes they are having in their faith walk. He lets them know that the report Timothy brings back is going to bring him much joy.
Again, this makes me think about how we can be encouraging each other today. As easy as it is to reach out to someone instantaneous, be intentional to do so. It is something we will be held accountable for. Much like we will be held to a higher standard to know the Word of God because of its availability to us, we will also be responsible for how we encouraged and spurred one another on in our walk of life. I refer back to Luke 12:48 where Jesus said: “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” We have been given more than any other generation before us, in every area of life. We have more resources than ever before, access to the most information ever and it is easier to reach out to others than ever before in the history of the world. We have been given much and likewise much is required from each one of us. Let’s begin to recognize what these gifts have truly been given to us for.
Today I want to encourage you to cheer up and encourage those who have helped you along in your faith walk. Send a text message or email to someone today who has touched your life in some way. Whether it was spiritual, emotional or financial, it doesn’t matter, just let them know how they have impacted your life and thank them for it. With thanksgiving only a couple weeks away, you could even send a card to say how you are thankful that God brought them into your life. I promise this will not only bring them joy, it will encourage you also! Start today to be faithful with all the goodness God has brought into your life.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 2:17-24