No Such Thing As Self-Sufficiency
Why We Need Our Own Paul, Barnabas & Timothy
Being needed is a great part of parenting children when they are younger. Kids always need our help and, in a weird kind of way, I always liked to be needed. And now, of course, with our kids older and self-sufficient, I'm no longer needed. My help is no longer needed.
Quick side thought: I am always humored when I need help with some form of technology and I ask my kids for help and they look at me like I'm an idiot. And I say hold on . . .
- I taught you how to wipe your butt . . .
- I taught you how to use a spoon . . .
- I taught you how to . . .
So, none of us are as self-sufficient as we might think we are. I believe we all need help from time to time. This needed help may be in the form of advice, physical labor, finances, or simply lending a helping hand. This needed help may even be in the form of spiritual encouragement and motivation that we need on our journey.
This Sunday, January 27, the title to my sermon is "Help Is On The Way".
***And for all you head banging hippies of the 70's, yes - just like the song the Australian group "Little River Band" sang back in the day.
In Philippians 2:19-30, the Apostle Paul writes to the church of Philippi telling them "Help is on the way". Paul is concerned with the "state of the church" (v.19-20), so he is sending two men of great character - Timothy and Epaphroditus. These two men are being sent to Philippi to provide a pattern, an example of what a genuine follower of Jesus looks like. Both Timothy and Epaphroditus are:
- Men of proven character
- Men who sought after and followed Jesus Christ
- Men who showed great commitment to the furtherance of the gospel, even in very difficult days
- Men who thought less of themselves and more of others as they served the needs of others
Yes, Paul is sending help and he's sending only the best to encourage the Philippian believers to continue to be Christ-followers.
I am convinced that there are times in all of our spiritual journeys that we need help. We need to know someone has our back, someone is praying for me, someone thinks me worthy of God's love and calling, someone is in my corner. Paul wants to help the Philippians so he is sending help.
- God wants to help us so He sent the "Helper". (See John 14:16, 26; 16:7)
- God wants to help us so He sends "one another" into our lives. (See Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Proverbs 27:17; James 5:19-20 and even take time to google "one another verses in the Bible")
- God wants to help us and lets us know that we all need:
A. A Paul to disciple us (Acts 16:15)
B. A Barnabas to encourage us (Acts 9:26-27)
C. A Timothy to learn from us (1 Timothy 1:18-20)
I hope to see you in church this Sunday as we learn more about how God sends us help for our journey. And we will also see a few things to beware of when it comes to "help is on the way".
See you Sunday,