For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose.
Do everything without grumbling and arguing,
so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation,a among whom you shine like stars in the world.
Hold firmlyb the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run in vain or labor for nothing.
But even if I am poured out as a drink offeringc on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
In the same way you also should rejoice and share your joy with me.
Now I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon so that I also may be encouraged when I hear news about you.
For I have no one else like-minded who will genuinely care about your interests;
all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
But you know his proven character, because he has served with me in the gospel ministry like a son with a father.
Therefore, I hope to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.