Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Friday, September 2 2022



Text: “For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.” –  Philippians 2:18-21.

Comment: In his letter to the Christians at Philippi, St. Paul expresses his joy at the spiritual progress being made by them and promised to send Timothy, to come and see things for himself. It is interesting that St. Paul stated that among those working with him, he could not find anyone who would have such deep or heart-felt interest in their welfare like Timothy.  This highlights the importance of choosing the right people to carry out assignments.  The human factor is critical to the success of any undertaking.

We should recruit people who have the potentials of adding value to the organization, based on actual performance, rather than on mere claims or recommendations. There are instances in the Bible of people who were never considered by their contemporaries to be in line for high offices but who became stars in the work of God by His grace. God is no respecter of persons. (Galatians 1:10; Acts 10:34, 35) Those who are given opportunities based on their track records, merit or potentials are motivated to prove their worth and are passionate about exceeding expectations. Such ones have the understanding that it is by the power of God that they are able to apply themselves to their work.” See Psalm 18:33, 34) And St. Paul declared: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13.