Make an Impact
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father has served with me in the gospel. I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. —Philippians 2:19-24
The level of impact we can have on something is determined by the measure to which we have been impacted by something. Philippians 2 shows us the example of how being intimately impacted by Jesus leads to an increasing investment for Jesus. Paul’s description of his helpers, Timothy and Epaphroditus, show us how Jesus’ impact in these lives make Christ’s transforming power visible. And how much these helpers made an impact.
They had passionate concern for Jesus’ people.Timothy and Epaphroditus were all eager to know how things were with their brothers and sisters in Philippi. Are we interested in how things are for others or just ourselves? We need to ask ourselves, “What’s in it for them?” Our own life’s testimony has the capacity to make Christ’s work in us tangible for others.
We have the biggest impact on others when we are:
· Truthful.We are called to sincerity, not flattery.
· Other-oriented.We are to be “genuinely concerned” for others’ interests.
Know this, our contribution for their good is a contribution to God’s glory.
They prioritized investment in Jesus’ interests. Serving our own interests screams, “I want to be known, I want to be liked, I want to have power.” The cross requires something different of us, demands something better in us, striving for something higher from us. We are often more motivated by what people think of us than most other things. Little do we realize that reputation is a weak basis of relationship, but relationship is a strong basis for reputation. Paul noted Timothy’s proven worth and tried character. Timothy showed himself faithful to Jesus through his relationship with Paul. We get to do that with the people around us too.
They put their lives on the line for Jesus’ work. Don’t miss the reality that every day you are in a spiritual battle. We need help and so do the people around us. We are blessed by having fellow workers and fellow soldiers but the word “fellow” implies that we are to be invested too. If we are not, then there is a gap in the line.
Here’s the reality—changed people change the world. We are called to be an agent of change in a lost world. God has given us a place to start making an impact; in the relationships He has placed around us. —Scott Hamilton
· When I examine my closest relationships, am I showing myself faithful to Christ as Timothy did with Paul?
· In what ways do I need to change the focus of my relationships with others? Who will hold me accountable for this?
Prayer: Father, open my eyes to see what You see in how I live my life. Show me areas in my relationships where I am not being truthful or having a genuine concern for others. Forgive me for the times I show myself unfaithful to You through how I treat others. I can’t change this by myself, Lord, I need You to do it! In Jesus’ name, Amen.