In his epistle to the church at Philippi Paul wrote, “But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state” (Phil. 2:19 – emphasis mine, mb).
Paul was deeply concerned about the churches’ welfare, and with good reason. The brethren had false (Judiazing) teachers in their midst, they had personal problems within the congregation, and they were facing severe persecution. So, the apostle was eager to hear how his family in the faith was managing under these difficulties. Hopefully, he could send Timothy to Philippi, who would then return with a positive report.
Don’t you find it noteworthy that even Paul, an apostle, a renowned gospel preacher, great as he was, needed to be encouraged from time to time?
Beloved, elders, deacons, Bible class teachers, and yes – even preachers need periodic encouragement.
What are you doing to lift up your brethren (cf. Heb. 10:24)? Give it some thought.

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