Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


March 1, 2011

Dear Friend,

We may think of bearing witness to the reality of God and the person of Jesus as something we do to awaken those who have not entered Christian faith but it is also a wonderful way to encourage your own life and others who share faith in Jesus with you.


The Book of Acts tells us of the time when the apostle Paul came home from a missionary journey:


From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. Acts 14:26-27*


In the case of the apostle Paul, God was doing amazing things during a journey that encouraged Paul even as he was encountering many stressful situations.


I love to reflect on the phrase “and related all that God had done with them” and think about all God has done with me and with those with me and with many others I know.


It’s humbling and faith building at the same time and has a way of helping me to re-engage the life before me with hope for the future because that future is literally in God’s hands.


So think for a moment about all that God has done with you and with those with you and with those whom you know or are aware of.


In what people interactions have you seen God at work?  In what events?  In what things?


The Lord who loves you is doing remarkable things in your life and around you all of the time.  All you need to do  is to ask for the eyes of faith to see God at work and the grace to share what you see.


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2011 E. Stanley Ott

*Scripture from the NRSV