Philippians 2:20
Two Of A Kind

20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Paul was still addressing the potential problem of disunity that was the purpose of this letter. He had taken steps to correct the problem by focusing the attention of the assembly believers at Philippi on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the purpose for living and is our pattern for living. That is why it is so important to have the mind of Christ. He had given two examples already of self-sacrificing love when he directed them to the love of Christ for them and his own love for them. The love of Christ is of such greatness that we, as believers, can never forget “The Son of God who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Those who brought us the Gospel came because “The love of Christ constraineth us.” Evangelists love souls and preach the Gospel to the unsaved because they want to see them delivered from “the wrath to come.” Teachers love the truth, and so instruct believers in “the right ways of the Lord.” Pastors (shepherds) love the saints and are concerned with their “state.”

How can this be? One is old – the other young.
One just hitting his stride in life – the other almost done.
One is imprisoned – the other sent on a spiritual mission:
He is an example of humility the Spirit of God envisioned.

To love the Lord’s people does not depend upon an age.
To genuinely care for others does not demand the wisdom of a sage.
The value of a person is linked with the reality of our love.
Two can find great joy in what each other does.

One can rest at ease while the other hastens to the work.
He knows his fellow-laborer is not a man to shirk
The work God has given him – his responsibility to fill
The work he once did himself, will be on-going still.

Not often in our lifetime will we find a true kindred spirit.
No one is exactly like another but the need – the other fills it.
To be two-of-a-kind really means we are the same within.
We look similarly on what is righteous and agree on what is sin.

I am still waiting as I get older for one who thinks the same.
There are some faithful young men I could easily name
Who have the same interest and are better far than me
In the work they have been called to, so I will wait and see.

“Father God, who sees way beyond what I am on the outside to what I am on the inside – give me, I pray, the understanding to assist the young workers who I have a little influence on, to love Thy people. Help them in their outreaches in the Gospel. Give them wisdom to lead the new believers in the ways of Thy choosing and Thy Word. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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