November 10, 2022

Hello Advent Family,

Have you ever thought about the impact that a single person can have? The Bible is filled with examples of individuals whom God has used to do amazing things. We tend to remember the big stories like David or Paul or Moses. There are lots of other examples on a smaller scale of how God used individuals to make a significant impact. Lets look at a couple of examples in Philippians 2 together today.

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you. 20 I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare. 21 For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. 23 I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. 24 And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon. 25 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. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.

Timothy and Epaphroditus both had tremendous impact both in the life of Paul and in many churches that they ministered to as well. These examples are reminders for us that God wants to use us to have tremendous impact for His kingdom as well. One person who its willing can be used by God to do amazing things. Imagine what God can do through an entire church filled with activated and willing followers of Jesus!

In His Grip,

Pastor Dave