Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus…
Together, Paul and Timothy wrote a letter to the church in Philippi. The church in Philippi was started by Paul, Timothy, and their companions while on their mission to start grace-based churches all over the Roman Empire. The Lord opened the heart of Lydia, a resident of Philippi, to the good news of God’s grace. The Philippian church began to meet in her home (Acts 16).
Paul was Timothy’s mentor in the good news of grace. Jesus had given Paul the assignment of sharing the good news of grace with people all over the Roman Empire and to start grace-based churches its cities (Acts 20:23-24). Paul asked Timothy to join with him on his grace journey (Acts 16:1). Together, they became servants of Christ Jesus as they shared his grace and started grace-based churches.
They viewed themselves as servants of Jesus. We get a glimpse into what Paul meant as a servant of Jesus in his other letters to churches. In Galatians 1:6-12 and Ephesians 3:1-12, he was a servant of Jesus because he served the good news of God's grace to others.
In both Galatians and Ephesians, we learn the good news of grace, which he and Timothy shared with others, was given directly to him by revelation from the ascended Jesus. In serving Jesus, Paul and Timothy were following Jesus’ revelation to them of telling the world about the good news of God’s grace freely given to us in Jesus and received simply by faith.
Today, we have the same privilege as Paul and Timothy...to share the good news of God’s grace with people all over the world and to start grace-based churches in the world’s cities, communities, and villages. God’s heart is to reach the people of the world with grace, and, in the footsteps of Paul and Timothy, we are servants of Jesus as we share his grace with people everywhere!