Posted by: bshelley | April 2, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Entry for April 2, 2008

Today’s Verse: Romans 16:21 Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsman. NASB

Don’t know how your day started off, good, bad or just so-so. Just think, your mama could have named you Sosipater! Arrrgggg. Now, in all fairness, I have not researched this and for all I know that could have be the “Greg” or “Dwayne” (not that your names are funny) of the day. Every third kid in class may have been named Sosipater, who knows? So, whether it was just a passing fad or a one time deal, you can rejoice in that for sure. I know I do. Ok, I admit that sometimes I am just looking for something a little unusual to amuse me. This worked. Another significant feature of this verse is it is a partial list of all the folks Paul had working along side him in the ministry. I don’t about you, but my mental picture of Paul tends to be of , well, Paul. Sitting by himself writing or talking to a group about Jesus. It is a powerful reminder that we need each other. It is always more fun and more productive to work together on things. Ministry is no exception. How much bolder are we when we have a trusted friend at our side as we talk about Jesus with someone. How much more can we do when performing acts of service together with a brother or sister in Christ? We need to look to the models of how the church and ministry leaders went about the business of being Christians in the early church. Too often, we are trying to entertain or come up with some other gimmick to “lure” folks to the church building. People are looking for quality relationships and truth that does not change with the winds. Jesus is both. True too, we do always have Him to call upon when serving, but look at how Christians lived and fellow-shipped and worshipped and evangelized in the first century. Maybe we should seek out the ancient ways instead of always trying something “new” and louder or more contemporary? Regardless of what our parents named us, God calls us His children if we are in Him. Let’s work on finding a Timothy, a Jason, a Lucius, a Ruby, a Debby, a Doris, a Mary…and yes, even a Sosipater to minister alongside. Would we dare to attempt to reach our whole world with the gospel? That’s what they did. They started today telling one, and then two and then three… Make someones day today and tell them how much God loves them. Better yet, recruit a brother or sister and tell two! If you run into Sosipater, tell him sorry I made fun of his name. In reality, I thank God for men with faith like his!

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