“the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them ahead of him in pairs…” When Jesus sent out people into ministry, he sent them in pairs. There are many dangers in planning and living out ministry alone: security, temptations, accusations, misunderstandings, inflated egos, heresy, discouragement; the list goes on. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says, “Two are better than one…” Jesus seems to agree. Who are you doing ministry with? Who is on your team? Are you trying to live and ministry alone? – God give us the gift of friends and coworkers and the wisdom to minister with others.
“Greet Pricilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Jesus Christ…” A look at the list of fellow workers in Romans 16:1-16 reminds us that our ministry and work as Christian leaders is not the work of the “Lone Christian;” we need others. Who has God brought into your life and ministry? Give thanks to God for them. Almighty God and Father, I give you thanks for _______________, these persons who are fellow workers in Jesus Christ, Your Son.
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever…I will not leave you orphaned: I am coming to you.” Adam and Eve mistakenly believed they needed to care for themselves. They felt orphaned. How important is it for us to recognize our dependency on God’s Spirit and give thanks that we are not left alone? Breathe on us breath of God, fill us with life anew. Amen.