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I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. Philippians 2.20

Listen: Philippians 2


Paul wasn’t a lone ranger. Throughout his many travels, Paul relied heavily on people, and no one was more dependable than Timothy because he genuinely cared. Paul sent Timothy on important jobs but also gave him mundane tasks. Timothy served time with Paul, carried messages and co-authored New Testament letters. Timothy served with Paul in his initial trip to Philippi, so when Paul says of Timothy, “I have no one like him,” the Philippians witnessed Timothy’s dependability. He cared—and people knew it.

One of the marks of a Christian should be the way they genuinely care, whether the task is little or big. When a follower of Jesus tells someone they are going to do something, they should do it. When a Christian contractor makes a bid on a job, they should complete the job for the price they said with high-quality work. When a Christian lawyer takes a case, they should prepare the documents in a timely manner and for a fair price. When we fail to care, we impair the spread of the gospel. People view our lack of care as an indictment against the gospel.


Today, identify an area of your life where you need to be more caring. Maybe you want to get better at turning in projects on time at work, showing up every week at small group, producing high-quality work every time, keeping your promises to your kids or being someone your spouse can rely on. Turn to page 34 in your journal. Jot down three practical steps you can take this week to become more caring in that area.

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