“May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me earnestly and found me—may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day!—and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.” –2 Timothy 1:16-18

“Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.” –2 Timothy 4:11

“Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus remained at Corinth, and I left Trophimus, who was ill, at Miletus. Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.” –2 Timothy 4:19-21

What fun would it be just to dwell on rejection?  A neat thing about Christianity is the fellowship we have with one another.  The fact that we hold this fundamental thing in common — the kingdom of God —  unites us like nothing else can.  It’s wonderful to be able to go to other countries and spend time with people you’ve never met, yet experience the bond of love that unites us all in the body of Christ.  Other believers can encourage, aid, and equip us in our service for God.

It would be a serious mistake to adopt a “just me and Jesus” mentality.  If we try to be Lone Ranger Christians, we neglect the body of Christ and therefore Christ himself.  Moreover, we neglect our own spiritual health.  Thank God for the friends that he brings into our lives!

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