Opening someone else’s mail.

How significant is your service in the gospel? If salvation is eternally significant, then serving in the gospel has the same measure: eternal. What does that look like in the day to day though? In Philippians 2:19-30, the Apostle Paul gives a short bio of two mission-minded mates, Timothy and Epaphroditus, who serve in the gospel in such a way from day to day. Yet, how does reading about two guys from ancient history help us? What have their stories got to do with us? If this letter is to the Philippian church, how does it apply to us? Isn’t reading this letter like opening and reading someone else’s mail? Nope. Because all of the Bible is written for us (Romans 15:4), we see in Timothy and Epahroditus direct examples to imitate. These two men served the church and the world with their own humility considering the interests of others over themselves. They risk their life, almost dying for others. They serve others in the ministry of the gospel, for the sake of others. And what is their motivation? They are themselves simply imitating Jesus, the one who came to our world not to be served but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). This is what we heard last Sunday, this is why we are meant to be as disciple-makers, as genuine gospel friends in the faith, because it’s all about who is our Lord and saviour – Jesus Christ. This coming Sunday we shall see with new eyes ho nothing compares to knowing Jesus.