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28/06/2023 - 29/06/2023 All day

Greet one another with a holy kiss.” ( Romans 16:16)

God works through people and the reason why relationships matter the most. One person who enphasized relationships was Apostle Paul. In one letter he cited over 30 different friends whom he had established a working relationship in the cause to win souls for Christ.

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a deacon in the church in Cenchrea” ( Romans 16:1), he starts. Then rememembers, “Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus” ( vv 4). He goes on to add: “Greet my dear friend Epenetus. He was the first person from the province of Asia to become a follower of Christ. Give my greetings to Mary, who has worked so hard for your benefit. Greet Andronicus and Junia,my fellow Jews, who were in prison with me” ( vv 6-7).

The list of relationships in Paul’s life seems endless: “Give my greetings to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who meet with them. Give my greetings to Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and to Olympas and all the believers who meet with them” ( vv 14-15). And of course there was also, “Timothy, my fellow worker, sends you his greetings, as do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow Jews” ( vv 21).

All this leads to an important question: can you count as many relationships who feature in your life as co-workers in Christ! Paul figured out that he couldn’t do it all alone. He relied on people to get God’s work done. He noted down their names and took time to greet them personally.

We could equally pick up from him and start investing in relationships. Through these dear friend in Christ, God opens doors to extend His kingdom.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray to emphasize relationships in my life, through whom together we accomplish your work, and this I pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!

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