THURSDAY August 30, 2018
Refreshed in Christ
I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
1 Corinthians 16:17-18
Paul was very glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus. Stephanas’ name means “crown,” Fortunatus’ name means “fortune,” and Achaicu’s name means “belonging to Achaia.” These three men were used of the Lord to bring to the Corinthian church whatever they were lacking spiritually, but also they helped out financially. I love that! Paul told the Corinthians these faithful men should be respected.
Seriously, these are the kinds of men that you want in the Church because they sincerely love people. That is the way the body of Christ should work. If we are working together in harmony, then we will be sensitive to one another’s needs, especially spiritual needs.
Paul thanked God for another brother in Christ––Philemon––for his ministry to the saints. His name means “affectionate.” He was also used by the Lord to refresh the saints:
I thank my God, …hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints, that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother (Philemon 1:4-7).
The word refreshed means to “receive attention, to enjoy the kind attention of friends.” How do you treat people? Are you sensitive to their spiritual or financial needs? Ask the Lord to use your life to refresh other believers in Christ.
Do all the good you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can.
As long as ever you can.
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