I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. Philippians 2:19-20. (EHV).
This week, I saw “1917.” Absolutely compelling movie. It’s the story of two British soldiers in World War I who are given the assignment of going behind German lines to contact a battalion about calling off an attack (because the attack is a trap set by the Germans). One of the men is entrusted with the mission specifically because he has a vested interest in completing it: his brother is in the battalion. If they don’t complete the mission, the battalion will be slaughtered. But completing the mission might just get them killed. Naturally, the two soldiers take the mission, and the rest of the movie is about their journey through the battlefields of northern France.
The general who sent the two men on their mission was like Paul. He desperately wanted to get good news from the stranded battalion. He had no one else like either of the two soldiers (especially the one with the brother). And he hoped to hear good news – that the soldiers delivered the message to call off the attack – out of genuine concern to serve someone else.
That genuine concern should be our motivation as well. We should be looking to send out other people to help, people who show real concern. And before that, we should be willing to go, ourselves, out to help, to do whatever needs to be done to help someone else. That’s the fundamental reason for doing mission work: to go out to help others as Jesus would. We should be willing to, excited to, pour ourselves out for others so that they can prosper, then can celebrate. When we can’t go ourselves, we should help others go.
That’s what happened in the movie (because that’s one thing a military does): others were sent to do a job to help someone else. It’s not easy to do, this pouring one’s self out. But it’s rewarding, and it’s rewarding for the one who sends as well. To know that, even if you can’t do much, you can do at least this. It’s one way the world goes around.
If you haven’t seen the movie, go see “1917.” It brings to life a war that ended over one hundred years ago but whose outcome still affects us now. And then think about how you could go out to help someone. Or, if you can’t, how you could support others as they venture out.
For further reading: 1 Corinthians 16:10, Philippians 2:21
Lord Jesus, thank You for people who want to go into the world to do Your love-work, for putting it on my heart to go and to help. Help me to do these things for You.