Bring others along
All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. Philippians 4:22
I’m not sure at what point in Paul’s life that he wrote the letter to the church in Philippi, but according to his closing comments here, he was living in Caesar’s house, or at least he was well acquainted with those who lived there. That’s pretty awesome! Paul was in prison and going to trial before Caesar and on the way there, he ended up living there. The really interesting part is that he was so close to them that he sends a greeting to the churches from the entire household. Like they were all part of his team. In other passages, Paul talks about some of the palace guard being converted to Christianity. (see Phil 1:13) It was pretty evident that not many that were around Paul didn’t hear the gospel. Even those who didn’t meet him personally knew that he was being tried because of his faith in Jesus.
The point is that Paul always brought others along with him. Every where he went and every place he was, he was always inviting others into the Kingdom of Heaven. He was determined to let others just hang out so that they could hear more about the gospel and see the power of the Holy Spirit at work. At the very least, he left people with a lasting impression that made them talk about his predicament even when he wasn’t around. Paul was a man of passion and purpose and he channeled that energy to draw all people to Jesus.
What about us today? Sure, probably none of us have a world-wide call on our lives like Paul did, but how are we influencing our little world. I’m talking about our little part of the world that we live in. What do others know about us and what are they saying after we leave a conversation. Do we leave them thinking about the One who loves and died for them? Do we leave them with a feeling of hope for the future? Or do we leave them feeling like they do at the end of every other interaction? What makes us different from the rest of the world is our relationship with Jesus and the way we bring others along with us to Him.
Today I want to encourage you to bring others along with you. Some places to start are in our neighborhoods, workplace and family gatherings. Be gentle, loving and kind to those around you not argumentative and determined to be right. Let others know you have hope for the future not fear. You can even offer to pray with others for whatever crisis they are currently in. Prayer is widely received by most people and can be an open door to lead others to the One who wants to bring them along for eternity.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 4:21-23