I get by with a little help from my friends.
Great lyrics – great truth.
You know, God is doing an amazing work out in Blog Land. He is using the tool of blogging to connect His Body with each other – across time, across the miles – sometimes across the ocean – all around the world.
It is a tremendous support network.
I know – because all of you have been wonderful.
Supportive, encouraging, inspiring. I don’t know what I'd do without you!
Today's "Bible Pick ‘Ems" reminded me of how grateful I am for fellow believers who stand alongside me, who fight with me, and who uphold me:
"We sent [Timothy] to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that you are destined for such trouble…That is why…I sent Timothy to find out if your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you…" (1 Thessalonians 3:2-5)
First-century Christians came face to face with persecution. Whether in the hands of zealous Jews, angry Greeks, or ruthless Roman authorities, they faced stonings, beatings, crucifixions, torture, and death.
To be a follower of Christ meant to give up everything…
The church at Thessalonica was very young – it had been established only two or three years before Paul wrote this letter to them. They were being persecuted – and Paul, like their spiritual father in the faith, was concerned about them.
Paul was unable to return to Thessalonica. So he sent Timothy to encourage them – to exhort them to be strong in their faith.
And Timothy came home with a wonderful message:
"But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love…So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord."
(1 Thessalonians 3:6-8)
This is how I feel about all of you.
I am greatly encouraged by your love. I am emboldened by your truthful witness. I am upheld by your words and prayers.
Your strong faith strengthens mine!
And isn’t that what it’s all about?
God using each of us to help each other. The Body working together to accomplish God’s purposes.
Helping our fellow warriors to stand firm, to hold on tightly to our swords, and to fight against the tempter – boldly, firmly, and with resolute determination.
So, thank you – for all you've done to help me on my journey. For laughing with me, and crying with me – for standing alongside me through the ups and downs.
To paraphrase 1 Thessalonians 3:9 –
"How I thank God for you! Because of you I have great joy as I enter God’s presence."
"When in doubt, search God out!"