“And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house: Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,” Titus 1:2-4
I taught a young singles and married class when I was in my late twenties. I loved teaching the class and was transparent with my shortcomings in my marriage and in life in general. We had a great group in the class, and it was engaging and fun group of people. You learn a lot when you teach, and I learned much from the individuals in that class, and I hope they learned from me. We would often eat dinner together on Sunday nights, and we formed a strong bond as fellow believers. There were some who had young kids as we did and we were learning just as they were. It was a great time in our life, and I often think back to that time as one of my favorites times serving in church ministry.
A lot of the people in the class were military, so we would see people come and go. We said some sad goodbyes but there are some that we still have a relationship with today. There were some in our group that went through difficulties in their lives and some who lost children and loved ones in their lives. The difficulties they faced formed a bond that we still have with some to this day. I sometimes think of these dear friends, and I am thankful to God for the time we were able to spend together. I thank God for what they taught me, and I am grateful for the conversations we had, and the time we were able to spend together.
I think of these verses and the importance of praying for one another and being thankful for each other. As Christians, we should have a common goal to be soldiers for our God and to be busy doing the work He has called us to do. The dearest friends we have met are those with whom we have ministered with and those with whom we have prayed for and wept with. I often wish we could have a reunion of sorts but God has moved many of us on to different locations and ministries. It would be nice to have another meal with everyone, but we will dine again at the marriage supper of the Lamb. At that time, we will never be apart again, and we will have all eternity to catch up on what God has done in our lives.
Where are you today friend? Do you have a good friend who you can pray with and pray for? It’s hard to make good church friends if you don’t even attend church. It’s also hard to work with someone in the ministry when you’re not an active participant in your church. Are you a member of a local body of believers? If so, are you an active participant in your church? Are you serving in a ministry? Do you pray for your fellow soldiers? Are you grateful for the time God has given you with dear friends? Praise God for His work that He gives us and praise Him for the people who work alongside us. I will leave you with this verse dear friends, “Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Till we meet again.
Stay in the fight!