I Thessalonians 3:2 NKJV
and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,
1 Thessalonians 3:2 NLT
and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith,
That verse struck me today because this is not the first time we’re seeing these words in Apostle Paul’s letters.
Colossians 4:7-9 NIV
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
Philippians 2:19, 25 NIV
I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
And so on! Loyal Servants and Soldiers for Jesus. They were willing to drop everything and travel to wherever Paul sent them to DO THE WORK of God.
I’m just amazed. I pictured a scenario in my head.
Uncle Paul: Timothy my son!
Timothy: Yes Sir. At your service Sir.
Uncle Paul: I need you to go to Philippi real quick. Our brethren over there need encouragement.
Timothy: Okay Sir. I’m on it.
~And off he went!~
Timothy and the others didn’t see it as a tedious errand. They cared for these people just as much as Apostle Paul did and most importantly, they realized they were all co-laborers in the vineyard.
1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV
For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
When you become aware of that important fact. Service. Ministry. It won’t be tedious. It won’t be annoying. It won’t be frustrating.
It’s not just “their” thing. It is not just God’s thing. It is OUR thing. We will do everything possible to make sure it is successful.
Co-Laborers In God’s Service Updated List:
• Olu Seun
• Ike Amadi
Written by Olu Seun
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