JOY IN SERVICE
Philippians 2:17-30 NASB
17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know of his proven worth, that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father. 23 Therefore I hope to send him immediately, as soon as I see how things go with me; 24 and I trust in the Lord that I myself also will be coming shortly. 25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger and minister to my need; 26 because he was longing for you all and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. 27 For indeed he was sick to the point of death, but God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, so that I would not have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I have sent him all the more eagerly so that when you see him again you may rejoice and I may be less concerned about you. 29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30 because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.
- Exhibit A – Paul 2:17-18
- Exhibit B – Timothy 2:19-24
- Exhibit C – Epaphroditus 2:25-30
- How do you define greatness in a person? How did Jesus define greatness? (Mark 10:43-45)
- (v. 2:17-18) Paul was ‘poured out’ so that others would be filled up. Where do you resist being poured out for the benefit of others? What is one way you can repent and be poured out today?
- (v. 2:19-23) Timothy was ‘sent out’ so that others would be brought in. The mission of the Church has always been to “Go, make disciples!’ What are some ways that comfort and complacency have kept you from seeing your neighborhood and workplace as a mission field? What is one step you can take toward repentance and reengagement?
- (v. 2:25-30) Epaphroditus was ‘wrung out’ so that others might be helped up. How has the desire for the sensational, dramatic and extraordinary distracted you from the beauty of seeing Jesus work in the normal, ordinary, mundane things of life? How have others been impactful in your discipleship and pursuit of Jesus? Where can you enter into other’s lives to make much of Jesus?