Philippians 2:20-21 “I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare, for everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.”
What we respect is what we reflect. The attributes and characteristics we value in other people, we eventually begin to imitate in our own lives. As Paul addresses some practical matters with the church in Philippi, he also elevates for them some attitudes and attributes that are worth respecting and reflecting. We’re called to imitate Timothy who “takes a genuine interest” in the welfare of others and is driven by the desires of Jesus. We also meet Epaphroditus who was willing to do what was best for the people around him even when it was unimpressive or unenjoyable. The more we begin to respect those qualities in these Timothy, Epaphroditus, and the people around us, the more we will begin to imitate those same attitudes and attributes in our own lives.