When you meet these incredible people you know that your life is better because they are a part of it
Reference: …and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. (Acts 18:3 NIV)
Explore: It’s not easy moving church. You walk into a new building with strange faces, different songs, unknown traditions and a totally foreign seating arrangement!
While I am able to strike up a conversation with most people, I have found it challenging to make deeper, long lasting friendships in a new setting. I found I was in this lonely situation a couple of years ago when I moved church. I was about to give up when… I met Jaci.
While Jaci had been at the church for many years, she was open to meeting new people and establishing new friendships. She had the same sense of humour as me and could give as much as she could take.
She went out of her way to make me feel included and always brought fun and laughter wherever she went. The great thing was that this hilarity was well balanced with a passion for God and an openness to share her journey of spirituality.
Because of the connection I had with Jaci, I was able to learn more about myself and build on my discipleship alongside a similar minded friend. When you meet incredible people like Jaci you know that your life is better because they are a part of it.
Application: When Paul was travelling around on his missionary adventures he met many people. When he arrived at Corinth he stayed with some people who had a similar trade to him – tent makers.
Through this work and relationship he was able to continue his ministry in bringing people into a new understanding of Christ. His time with these tent makers may only have been for a season, but he and his ministry were better off from knowing them.
We are truly blessed when we find our tent makers too – people with a similar outlook and purpose for life. When we recognise these blessed relationships we mustn’t take them for granted, but build on and encourage each other as best we can.
Life can be challenging and our spiritual journey can come up against many hurdles. Let’s look for our fellow tent makers so that we can receive fuel for the journey and be able to assist another along on their path.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for creating an importance for relationships. Thank You for the incredible people You bring into our lives and may we honour You with the relationships we build with others. Amen.
How can you advance your relationship with a fellow tent maker?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.