A young man spoke to my wife about his deep concern for his peers who are struggling with some of the pressures this world is imposing on them. It is so rare for a young adult of his age to show the level of interest in the welfare of others like he did. The present generation is more interested in what satisfies themselves than caring for the needs of others.This reminds me of what Paul said to Timothy; “For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare” (Philippians 2:20). Paul is indicating in this comment that such quality as this was rare. But, should it be rare among those who profess love for Jesus? The answer is given in the next verse. “For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ” (2:21). This sweeping statement should arrest our attention and cause us to ask, ‘am I putting my own interests and desires before those of my Savior?
The general condition in the church drove Paul to invest in a young man who showed potential. We must do the same! In Paul’s last letter, he wrote to Timothy and said, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God” (2 Timothy 1:6). Though Paul had invested in this young man since he found him at Lystra, Timothy must keep working at making the fire for the Lord burn bright. If he didn’t, it would become dim and his influence on others would weaken and eventually be ineffective for God.
Your level of interest in the spiritual welfare of others is determined by how you are fanning “into flame the gift of God” in you. What is your spiritual temperature?
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