For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. But ye know the proof of him, that as a son with the father, he hath served with me. ~Philippians 2:20-22
Everyone one grows up following the example of other people. Most kids grow up imitating their parents—sometimes without even knowing it. In this passage, Paul sends the Philippian believers a helper—Timothy, who “as a son with the father” faithfully served Christ alongside Paul. We must choose wisely who we model. The believer’s ultimate goal should always be Christ-likeness. But the friends we choose and the people we look up to will influence who we are and the choices we make.