We are told very little about Timothy in Acts 16:1-2 except that “he was well spoken of by the brothers.” As we piece together other references to this young man, we read that Paul had “no one like him who [would] be genuinely concerned for” the welfare of other Christians (Philippians 2:20). That is in contrast to others who “seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (21).
While there are many other key characteristics of godly men who God uses, this is an important attitude if anyone is going to be effective in the Lord’s work. Concern for others means that we intentionally sacrifice self-interests so we can focus on the spiritual needs of others.
Earlier in this chapter, Paul said, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (2:4). This is how he introduces the ‘mind of Christ,’ the attitude of a servant and humility that serves, even if it means laying down our lives so others are blessed.
John says the same thing; “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers” (1 John 3:16).
Let these verse be the motivation of your ministry and the measure of your effectiveness.
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