Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott

OUR LIVES Vol 11 No 3

January 31, 2012

Dear Friend,

 One of the loveliest comments in the writings of the Apostle Paul is his word to the Christians in the town of Thessalonica:   “So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”  I Thessalonians 2:8

You immediately see these people were people to Paul and not merely objects, students, customers, patients, or parishioners to whom he had something to offer but with whom he had no relationship.  

Indeed he had a very deep and personal friendship with them and makes it clear they were so dear that he and his team not only shared the good news about Jesus but entered into the complexities that come of shared personal lives.

It’s a joy and a calling for each of us to teach and share the truth and wonders of God’s Word to people. Never forget, however, that they are people who long to be known personally.  Enter into their complex lives as you come alongside and share your own personal life with them.

One joyful way to read what the apostle wrote is to re-read it and ask yourself if Jesus would say the same words, “So deeply do I care for you that I am determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also my own self, because you have become very dear to me.”

You see immediately that is exactly what Jesus would say, exactly what he did do, and precisely what you and I are invited to do as well.

With joy - E. Stanley Ott
Copyright 2012 E. Stanley Ott
*Scripture from the NRSV