READING: Romans 15:1-16:27, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4
As I read today’s texts from the book of Romans, I’m reminded of so many faithful believers who have encouraged me along the way. From the day I became a believer at age 13 to this day at almost 62, I have been the recipient of God’s love and support through His people—including not only those who knew me well, but also others who haven’t known me as well but still trusted our ministry’s work. As a Southern Baptist educated in Southern Baptist schools and serving in Southern Baptist roles, I will ever be grateful for the millions of brothers and sisters who have supported our work from a distance through their giving to the Cooperative Program. I am a daily recipient of their generosity, as are the men and women I’m privileged to train around the world.
That’s why these phrases describing people in Paul’s letter to the Romans catch my attention today: “our sister,” “my coworkers,” “my dear friend,” “my fellow prisoners,” “my fellow Jew,” “our coworkers,” “[the one] chosen in the Lord,” “brothers and sisters,” “all the saints” – all hard workers in the gospel, approved by Christ and commended by the brethren. They were family in ways the world could never understand.
So, to my friends and family who journey with me each day through these devotions, thank you. I praise God for you today. You encourage me by your faithfulness and your prayers.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Who are the folks who have most supported you through the years?
DAILY PRAYER: “God, thank You for loving us through Your people.”
TOMORROW’S READING: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13