We’re enjoying the fantastic weather of Miami right now, but sometimes I miss the snow in Michigan. When we talk about snow, we think of the icecap of the Antarctic and the Arctic. The ice caps were generated because the North Pole and the South Pole receive less light due to the difference in angle with the sun, resulting in frozen ground. If a land receives little light like the poles, the land becomes frozen ground. Although it looks beautiful, it is not a place for people to live.
There are times when our hearts become cold and frozen, but from a religious perspective, there is one reason for the frozen heart. This is because there is a problem with the spiritual angle toward God, and people do not sufficiently receive the ‘light of grace.’ God continues to send the light of grace, but because our hearts do not receive enough of God’s light, our hearts become frozen, keeping our distance from God, and Satan uses the distance to deceive us. “Everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ…” (Philippians 2:21).
The Philippians was a letter written by Paul to Philippi when he was imprisoned while preaching the gospel. At that time, Paul was looking for a person to send this important letter to Philippi, which, on the one hand, contained his thanking the Philippian church for its support and reporting on the missionary work that had been accomplished , and, on the other hand, his pastoral advice to build the Philippian church more firmly on the rock of faith. However, although there were many people around him, it seemed that there was no one he could trust. In his eyes, many of them around him seemed to be pursuing their own interests, not those of Jesus. Just like there is no water to drink during a flood, it is frustrating to find there are no useful people in an abundance of people. Poet Seo Jeong-ju said that 80% of his life was wind, but in fact, we see that more than 80%, and in some cases, 100% of ministry, is determined by people. For example, the reality is that a ministry that was dying can be revitalized and revived when one person stands on sincere faith, and a ministry that was doing well can disappear in an instant if one person enters the wrong ministry.
As Paul was worried about finding a co-worker, there was a person whom God reminded him of, and that person was Timothy. Unlike others, Timothy was a man who had already devoted himself to the work of Jesus and was ready to devote himself further. This can be confirmed from the words Paul introduced Timothy to Phillipi when he sent him to the Philippian church. “You know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel” (Philippians 2:22). To Paul, Timothy was someone who would work together with him to the end and was someone who brought energy to his ministry.
Who gives you joy? Is he a highly educated person? Is he a wealthy person? Is he a person with a beautiful appearance? Is he a well-spoken person? What kind of person do you want to work together with and feel good about when you meet a person? Paul revealed the reason why he chose Timothy as his co-worker. “I have been reminded of your sincere faith” (2 Timothy 1:5). In today’s world full of injustice, what would it be like to see someone who lives according to God’s will with sincere faith? Even if we haven’t lived that way ourselves, when we see them, don’t our eyes seem to be purified, our faces be brightened, and our hearts be moved?
Children living in an apartment complex gathered at the playground and started bragging about their dad. A: “My dad is an executive at a large S company, and he often plays golf with the chairman. Of the company” B: “Are you bragging about your dad only with that much? You know that my dad is a member of the National Assembly. He often meets with the president.” C: “My dad is so close to God; he went to church yesterday and met God.” In the child’s eyes, the father could be seen as a man who lived with sincere faith and lived a good life, apart from everything else.