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. For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ
I remember back in the 80’s when Dan Marino was playing quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. He did a commercial for Isotoner Gloves and at the end of the commercial he gave all of his lineman a pair and said, “I take care of the hands that take care of me”.
In a laughing kind of way, he was giving credit to those who supported him, allowing him to do what he did best, which was throw the football. While the gloves were meant as a joke for the commercial, in reality he did give each lineman a Rolex watch at the end of the season. What he recognized was you cannot be a superstar without others supporting you.
Paul would have been mortified at the thought of being viewed with superstar status when it comes to the church. However, outside of Jesus Himself, it is hard to think of anyone who had a greater impact on the global spread of the Church. Yet as one reads the pages of Scripture, Paul’s letters reveal his indebtedness to those who supported his ministry efforts.
Take Timothy for instance. This young man was viewed by Paul as being his own son. Paul said I have no one else like Timothy who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others only care for themselves… Paul had found in Timothy a kindred spirit who realized what was important. Paul was open and honest in his struggles and was also open and honest about the support he received from Timothy and others like him.
When Paul was lonely, he needed a brother alongside. When the work was overwhelming, he needed another pair of hands. When the battle was raging, he needed someone he could depend on to have his back. Timothy and others were always there to assist in whatever way they could so Paul could continue to spread the Good News of the Gospel.
In life, everyone cannot be out front in the limelight. However, nobody will last in the limelight for long without those who are willing to support and assist them for the cause. Paul managed extremely well without the internet, a cell phone or a computer. However, one thing he could not have managed without are those God had gifted to be there and support Him concerning the task he had been presented.
Who are the people supporting you in your task? Are you grateful for their hard work and devotion…Who are you supporting? Are you doing everything in your power to help them be successful for the greater cause?
While Micheal Jordan is most likely the best player ever to play in the NBA, it wasn’t until he gained a strong supporting cast that he began to win championships. Once he had a supporting cast, he won six NBA titles.
None of us are in the fight alone. However, we have to be willing to be grateful for the support we get from others as well as support those who leading the way.