2 Timothy 4:19-22
Priscila and Aquilla come up a fair amount, that wonderful couple that befriended Paul in a hard time and then trained up Apollos. They were still in Ephesus and no doubt a great aid to Timothy. Those wonderful and encouraging saints in the church can get a pastor through hard times and bring great joy to a sometimes lonely heart. I wonder if they were ever aware of their impact on Christendom. Apollos taught many. Paul mentioned them at different points. Their legacy has lasted thousands of years, these tentmakers. I’ll never know this side of heaven the impact the Lord may work through me. That’s ok. Occasionally I hear from a former student or parishioner and I love it. It is so heartwarming. Quite a few have spoken up since I left GBC. Many wrote wonderful notes while I was there also. I’ve kept most of them. Paul left elders and ministers wherever he went. He was an evangelist, an apostle, but he didn’t just preach and move on. He made sure a church was established and there was leadership to continue reaching and training people. That concept was lost for a lot of at least the American Church, I think, for a while, but I’m glad to see the emphasis on church planting and plugging new converts in with a church growing. Paul was also forgiving. He said he wanted forgiveness for those who’d abandoned him at his Roman trial and he listed them as those sending greetings. They were good. And those words of forgiveness after the quick reminder to try and come before winter (either for the cloak or travel conditions or perceived time remaining) and blessings of grace may have been the last words Paul ever wrote. Not a bad way to go out. Lord, help me by You Spirit to finish strong!
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