Luke takes time to describe Paul’s struggles in the work of the Gospel. Paul’s all ministry is a roller coster, great reception one day, facing death the next one, people being saved when they hear the Gospel or just rejection. His ministry is indeed a reflection of what Christian life is. A journey of trying to follow God’s will with its ups and downs, with the joys and frustrations that each one of us encounter. For many Christians this journey includes fear of persecution, rejection and even death. And still, as we see from Luke’s story is still a journey that Paul follows faithfully.
Something that really stands out in today’s text is the continuing ministry in Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch. Paul returns and “confirming the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that through many afflictions we must enter into God’s Kingdom.”ministers to these disciples.
Discipleship in this context is never a one time shot at salvation, it is a day to day relationship that continues to build the faith that one received. For many christians, the relationship with God, is very similar with checking in on Foursquares, or Facebook. a once in a while check in.
As a community we are called to walk side by side, praying, and encouraging each other, challenging each other’s faith.
Here are a few questions for you today:
When was last time you ask someone how their faith journey is going?
How’s your faith?
What is going on in your life?
Anything I can pray for?
You would be surprised to see the response to that. Time and time again I have found that we all need to see discipleship in flesh and bones. We all need to see Christ extended to us in a way that we can feel and touch.
Please take time today to talk to somebody, send a quick note or an email letting that one person that comes to mind that you are praying for them and they are not alone. Take time and be a disciple.