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All in the Family

Daily Reading: Philippians 2

Scripture Focus: But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel… I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need. (Philippians 2.22, 25)

Devotional Thought: Two young men, Timothy and Epaphroditus, were dear to the apostle's heart. This section of the letter could aptly be called “All in the Family” because Paul refers to one as his son and the other as his brother. These two family members ministered to him in prison, keeping his spirits up and encouraging him in his work for the Lord.

In the example of Timothy, we are reminded that we live in the family of God as sons and daughters. As children of our heavenly Father, we serve some significant roles:

  • We bring cheer to the family – I too may be cheered by news of you. (v. 19)

  • We are unique – I have no one like him! (v. 20)

  • We are concerned for others in the family – genuinely concerned for your welfare. (v. 20)

  • We seek family interests – Seek [your] interest in Christ. (v. 21)

  • We serve in the family business – He has served with me in the gospel. (v. 22)

In the example of Epaphroditus, we see how we live in the family as brothers and sisters.

  • We are equals – Epaphroditus, my brother. (v. 25)

  • We work side by side – fellow worker. (v. 25)

  • We fight in the battle together – fellow soldier. (v. 25)

  • We minister to one another’s needs – minister to my need. (v. 25)

  • We take risks for one another – For he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life in service to me. (v. 30)

All this is in the family - The Family of God!

Prayer: "I'm so glad, I'm a part of the family of God! I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by his blood. Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I'm part of the family, the family of God." Amen. (Bill and Gloria Gaither)

Psalm of the Day: 5 May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! 6 Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, 7 with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, 8 nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!" (Psalms 129:5-8)

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