"I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me" (Philippians 2:19-23).
Paul had many men who were part of his team, but only one like Timothy. That means that great leaders are rare. Look at the things that set Timothy apart, things that made him a good follower and leader in Paul’s eyes. He had learned to humble himself and put others’ interests ahead of his own. What’s more, his concern for others was genuine - it was not fake or self-serving but was expressed solely for the good of others. Are you willing to be the one good leader that others encounter in their life journey?
LEADERSHIP STEP: Take 10 minutes to reflect on this passage. What leadership traits from Timothy's life do you see mentioned in this passage? How do you see humility working in Timothy’s life? What part of this description do you want to make part of your own leadership style?