TUESDAY, MARCH 6
Scripture: Philippians 2:19-24
Philippians 2:19-24 says, “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.” How is it that after establishing many, many churches, and three lengthy missionary ventures, the Apostle Paul says, “I have only one person I can send you that will not take advantage of you.” What kind of preparation does it take to get us delivered from mammon so that we are afraid to take advantage of anybody by being manipulative? The answer in Paul’s life was that it took the loss of all things. Does it really take the loss of all things for us to qualify? Can we get it some other way? I certainly hope so. If we cannot, this school of the Spirit might be more costly than anyone wants to imagine. The preparational price is stunning.