Saturday, 18 November 2017 12:58

Thanks for Co-workers

Written by

In Romans we find a warm word of thanks from Paul for his co-workers Priscilla and Aquila. “Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:4).

We are in the Thanksgiving season and want to take this opportunity to give thanks for you and to offer a holiday greeting.

Many times we forget the sacrifice God’s servants make in order to follow Him. Paul said Priscilla and Aquila “risked their own necks.” Your sacrifice may not be the same as that of Priscilla and Aquila; however, each of you has made a sacrifice. You may be separated from family. You may have experienced a financial hardship in order to attain your Bible school or seminary training. You might have uprooted your family in order to remain faithful to your calling. I am thankful for your sacrifice.

I am also thankful for your obedience. No one enters the ministry because of the money, popularity or prestige of the job. You would not be in the ministry where it not for God’s calling upon your life. The ministry is not always easy, but you have been faithful.

I am thankful for your gifts. Each of you has been given a unique skill set and spiritual gifts. Your uniqueness is something for which to be grateful. God did not make anyone else in the world quite like you. I once heard someone say, “No two snowflakes are ever the same.” (I wonder how they knew!) Our experience tells us no two people are ever the same.

I am thankful for the unique qualifications you possess for your place of service. God qualifies and prepares His servants for the places(s) where they serve. For instance, when Moses led the Israelites through the desert he was uniquely qualified. He was qualified to cope with Pharaoh and qualified to cope with the hardship of the desert. He grew up in the home of Pharaoh so he was qualified to deal with Pharaoh. He was trained for desert life because he spent forty years living in it.

Some of you are serving in difficult situations. Some are serving in remote locations. Some are facing the challenges of a large congregation. Others are facing the challenges of a traditional smaller congregation. Others face the rituals of a small rural congregation. For some the challenge is difficult people. I am thankful that God has His hand on you and has prepared you for your place of service.

Finally I am thankful that God is with you. When Jesus commissioned His disciples He promised that, “Lo I am with you always.” You might seem to be in a hopeless situation. God is with you! You might be facing hostility and conflict. God is with you! You might be experiencing growing pains. God is with you! You might not understand what God is doing in your place of ministry. God is with you!

Happy Thanksgiving from The Shepherd’s Connection.

If you have friends in the ministry who needs encouragement, please forward this to them.

Your donation to the Shepherd's Connection is tax-deductible. By following the donation link you will find instructions for making a donation with your check, debit or credit card.

Popular Articles

News Items

Feed not found.

Our Daily Bread

23 January 2019

Daily Devotionals
  • A Big Deal

    A family member needed help with his December rent. To his family, the request felt like a burden—especially with their own unexpected expenses at year’s end. But they dug unto their

  • Trying to Impress

    When a college class went on a cultural field trip, the instructor almost didn’t recognize one of his star pupils. In the classroom she had concealed six-inch heels beneath her pant legs.

  • Always a Child of God

    During a church service I attended with my parents, according to the usual practice we held hands while saying the Lord’s Prayer together. As I stood with one hand clasped to my