TUESDAY, MAY 3
1 Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he became acquainted with a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently arrived from Italy with his wife, Priscilla. They had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome. 3 Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was.
Acts 18:1-3 (NLT)
LOOKING UP: FIND MY PEOPLE
In Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado writes: “Hospitality opens the door to uncommon community. It’s no accident that hospitality and hospital come from the same Latin word, for they both lead to the same result: healing. When you open your door to someone, you are sending this message: ‘You matter to me and to God.’ You may think you are saying, ‘Come over for a visit.’ But what your guest hears is, ‘I’m worth the effort.’”
This is what the apostle Paul must have heard and felt when Aquila and Priscilla opened the doors of their home to him. When he arrived in Corinth, he was probably exhausted from his journey from Athens. He may also have been discouraged because of his seemingly unsuccessful ministry there (Acts 17:16-34).
Mike reminded us in the sermon that we should find people who energize us spiritually when we are fighting discouragement. He also reminded us that Groups at Northstar are a great place to find those people. Who are the people in your life that give you spiritual energy?
Thank God for the people in your life who encourage you when you are fighting discouragement. Ask God to lead you to someone who needs to be encouraged.