The call comes in from your small hometown hospital. There was an explosion. Flames soar high as you work saving as many people as possible. As fire chief, it’s your job to run deep into the condensed smoke and bring out survivors. Suddenly in a long corridor, a wail grabs your attention. Your dear friend and doctor catches you by the hand as he is crawling out of his office. He’s in bad shape. He pushes a binder at you. “Take this, it holds the cure to cancer.” he utters in his dying breath. The room behind him swallows him in flames and you lunge back with your precious and flammable cargo. Much later you remember your friends words. “Cure for cancer”. He had made it his life’s work to find the cure and with his skill and dedication, he must have done it. Now what? He was your friend. He knew you could be trusted with the information. He knew you would not let it sit in the bottom of someone’s drawer and gather dust. Now, the task of making it known is passed to you. But you don’t know anything about being a doctor. Who will listen? It doesn’t matter. You have to let them know.
Can you imagine being handed a binder under those circumstances? How would you feel?
Let’s read from our next section of Philippians.
“But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know of your state. For I have no man like-minded 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 a father he hath served with me in the gospel.” Philippians 2:19-22
Timotheous must have felt like he was carrying a precious task. He held the heart of Paul’s ministry and the ministry of reconciliation given to Paul, in his hands. What importance! What brevity! What an astounding responsibility and yet here Paul says, “For I have no man like-minded who will naturally care for your state.” Paul gave the task to someone he trusted. Someone he knew who would carry forth the greatness of the discoveries he made with the heart of love. Wow! Paul had been imprisoned, persecuted, set before lions, ship wrecked, falsely accused among every other evil work done by friends, and supporters who betrayed him. He knew that Timothy could handle that kind of pressure too, if he had to. These are some strong words and some inspiring faith.
Come in a little closer….
Just a little closer. Yep, I want to tell you something. Do NOT keep this on the DL. (That is slang for, down low;)
I’m going to hand you something. Hold out your hands.
This book contains the cure to any disease! But not just the cure for disease, it is the key to victory in every area of life. God passed the task of spreading the word onto you. He has no one who will naturally care for their state like you. Why? Because YOU walk in LOVE. You are a winner, an overcomer, you are a true believer of God. You will run and not be weary, you will walk and not faint. You will mount up with wings as eagles. Your victory shall be in the Lord who is your strength! Just as facing a building of flames takes courage, so reading and believing the heart of God’s Word from the depth of your soul is not a for the faint of heart. The Bible takes studying and delving into the tough subjects. When we find something that disagrees with our past understanding or error, we have to adjust and change our own selves. This is not a task for the average person. That is why this task was given to you!
“And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech [you] by us: we pray [you] in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21
That word “reconciliation” is the word meaning to restore a lost connection. What was lost? When Adam lost his Holy Spirit in the Garden of Eden he lost the connection to God for all mankind, until God through Jesus Christ restored it. Now, we are ambassadors for Christ and we’ve been given the word of reconciliation. We are supposed to tell people about it. How could we not? We have been given the greatest gift and the most precious information. And like Timotheus we must go. Together we must speak because there’s no one out there who will naturally care for their needs like us.
God Bless You Today!