Tuesday, 17 January 2017
For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:21
The term used in this verse is literally “the all.” It is a way of saying “all of them.” This is speaking of those around him in connection to the previous verses. He was going to send Timothy to Philippi because he found he had “no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.” None of the others could be relied on in this way.
The reason is then given, “For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus.” They were more concerned about their own state, security, and comfort than they were about getting the message of Christ out. It is a sad indictment on the attitude of those around him. However, this must exclude those mentioned in verses 1:14 & 1:17. They had become confident and were emboldened to speak without fear.
Therefore, this cannot be an all-encompassing statement, but one to be taken generally. Further, what Timothy was asked to do was something that a person without specific obligations could do. Others who may have been just as reliable would simply not be able. The words do not indicate this, but they must be read into it based on his previous comments. Those who were able were those who sought their own, not those things which were of Christ Jesus.
Life application: If you are able, are you willing? There are things that must be done in order for the carrying on of the message of Christ – in the church and beyond. In some cases, it is not reasonable to ask someone with obligations to carry on a specific task. However, they are probably able to help pay for the task. A church without people to give cannot continue. Let each of us consider how we will help with the needs of our churches, missionaries, etc.
Lord God, thank You for stirring up the hearts of the people to meet every need according to Your wisdom. There is a need for someone to go over land and sea to spread the word, and there is someone to fill the need. We need pastors, and they come along. Churches need to be sustained, and You spur the hearts of the people on to giving. In the end, if there is a need, it always gets filled according to Your wisdom. There is even an internet now where people can be fed from afar. It is wonderful to see how everything fits into place according to Your wisdom! Praises to You, our need-Filler. Amen.