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. But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he 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. I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.
Paul was not a loner. He always has someone with him. Whether it was in his trips to spread the gospel on when he was in prison there was always other with him. Too often we try to go it alone. That may be part of our rugged American individualism. We want to do it ourselves. It is an attitude of I don’t need help and any help is viewed as charity, something to be avoided at all costs.
Paul realizes that the spread of the Gospel was too important to let his pride get in the way. He accepted help and used others to spread the Gospel. He also praised those that helped him in his work. Even Jesus did not do all His work alone. He gathered disciples around Him to spread the Gospel. Even in His last hours of freedom he surrounded Himself with His friends.
We all need other believers around us. That is why it is so important to find a supportive church. Once you find that church you need to get connected. Get involved. Make friends. Attend faithfully.
We also need to help new believers grow in their faith. They are at risk of being misled by others. Just being there to answer questions or direct them to someone who can answer their questions. Sometime we just need to listen. One thing is sure, we cannot go it alone. We need each other.
Have a blessed day,