MONDAY, MAY 9
Then Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 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.
Acts 18:1-2 (NLT)
BUILDING UP: ENCOURAGERS
On one occasion, Peppermint Patty said to Marcie: “I’d like to read this book, Marcie, but I’m kind of afraid. I had a grandfather who didn’t think much of reading.” She continued by saying, “He always said that if you read too many books, your head would fall off.” Marcie responds, “You start the first chapter, and I’ll hold onto your head!”
Friends and encouragers hold each other up when life gets challenging. Aquila, a Jewish Christian, and his wife, Priscilla, first met Paul in Corinth, became good friends of his, and shared in his work. These two remarkable people belong in the pantheon of Christian heroes, and their ministry is both an encouragement and an example for us. After so much persecution and traveling, Paul welcomed the friendship and encouragement. John MacArthur adds that “A little-appreciated truth about the ministry is that pastors and missionaries, perhaps more than other believers, are subject to discouragement. Charles Spurgeon explains that “good men are promised tribulation in this world, and ministers may expect a larger share than others.”
Do you know someone who has: A song waiting to be sung? A piece waiting to be played? A scene waiting to be staged? A tale waiting to be told? A book waiting to be sold? A rhyme waiting to be read? A speech waiting to be said? If you do, don’t let them die with the music still in them. (Florence Littauer – Silver Boxes: The Gift of Encouragement). Encourage someone today.
Thank God for the pastors and ministry leaders He has placed in your life. Pray for God would show you how you could encourage your pastors and ministry leaders.