Re:Verse passage – Philippians 2:19-30 (day six)
For I have no one like him…Philippians 2:20
What set Timothy apart? Was it his unique giftedness? His eloquence? Or maybe he stood head and shoulders above all the others. Perhaps he was more educated than most, or had a quick wit. It could have been his comedic timing, or deft use of sarcasm. Maybe Paul just needed an extra pair of hands to run errands while he was in prison.
Paul mentions none of those things. We know two reasons Paul described him this way; he genuinely cared for others, and concerned himself mostly with Jesus’ interests rather than his own.
Make no mistake, Paul’s mentioning of Timothy and Epaphroditus was strategic. Aside from Jesus, he intended to tie their examples to his command:
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit…Philippians 2:3
Men and woman, like this, were in short supply then and today.
Be different. Be a Timothy. You will be set apart too.