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No One To Care

Philippians 2:20
For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.

I think leaders/pastors feel this way often - that there isn't anyone to share the load of caring for the people God has given them responsibility for. Many people want the title and recognition that comes with leading. Most of us desire the recognition without considering the responsibility. Having served as an associate for many years I would admit that I didn't understand the full weight of responsibility to care for people. I wonder if my my former pastor felt about me like Paul did about the "leaders" already in Phillipi.

I hope the pastor I served considered me a Timothy - someone who served with him in the gospel, someone whom the people I served knew my character (v. 22). At the very least, I hoped I was an Epaphroditus - a fellow worker and soldier, faithful to serve (v. 25-30).

The lesson for me today is what to look for in people to raise up in leadership. Paul didn't feel that he had anyone he could trust to care for the Philippians. His concern centered around one issue - the "leaders" in Phillipi were more concerned with themselves than they were the things of Jesus. That's a good insight in identifying co-laborers - Are they for themselves, their own promotion, their own advancement, their own needs, or are they seeking the things that produce Christ-likeness in themselves and others?

Lord, let me not seek my own good, but let me seek after You and the things that concern You.

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