READ : Philippians 2:19-30
I hope . . . to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. (v. 19)
Paul expects the news to be good from Philippi, and because he has taken them to his heart, the news will cheer him.
Paul’s joy is bound up in the Philippians’ welfare. He’s invested in them, and we all know that to the degree that we are invested in someone or something, to that degree is our sense of well-being affected by their welfare. If you invest in stock, news of that stock can either cheer you or really lay you low. If you’re invested in another person, you live and die with their well-being.
Paul is heavily invested in this church. He and the Philippians have a history. Paul had suffered for them (see Acts 16), and he cared deeply for them.
This sense of investment is central to a healthy church. It is not enough to experience social togetherness. Even sharing a worship space is not enough. We are to be so invested in the welfare of our church that good news about her will cheer us and bad news will bring us to our knees.
Lord Jesus, help us to invest in others as you did in us. Amen.