“for a short time…being separated from you–in person, not in heart…” The Apostle Paul spent time among the Thessalonian Christians; his ministry there was fruitful and he grew to love these believers like they were his own children (1 Thessalonians 2:7ff). Isn’t it a wonderful gift that God created us with the capacity to love in such a way that though there is distance in geography, there is no separation in the heart? Who are the people you love who are distant right now? Who are the people who love you from afar? Give thanks for these people!
“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.