“Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well” (Romans 16:3–4).
Many in the United States will be gathering around meals today and this weekend to express thanks for so many things that fill our memories with gratitude; persons who have special meaning to us. Wherever you live on this planet called Earth, I encourage you to take time alone and with others around a meal to recall those who have invested with you in what is eternal. THANK THE LORD FOR THEM! Paul did that and mentions Prisca and Aquila at the beginning of a long list of those who lived in Rome or had moved there ahead of him. Notice why he remembers them “who risked their necks for my life.” Those are the kind of people we cannot forget.
I had gone through about thirteen years of spiritual crisis after we were married and was struggling to find a solid biblical foundation for life and ministry. In His sovereign ways, God brought a dear brother, a man of God, and a spiritual father into our lives. He never sought personal gain from his time and investment in me. He sacrificed time to listen, give comfort, and pour in reassurance when I felt dry and empty. Though I needed correction and admonition, it was done in love. His gentle spirit and faithful walk with the Lord inspired my heart to follow his example. Norm is and always will be my mentor, because he redirected my life to please my Lord and not man.
Who are you thankful for? Who has invested in your life like Paul did into Timothy and many others? Who did God bring into your life just at the right time to give your life spiritual direction and preserve you from wandering away from the Lord? Who lived the example of Christ so you could see in living color what God wanted you to be? Have a meal with others and tell your story.
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