Wednesday 25th January 2017 - Daily Reading:
Acts 18 - One Body by Karen Cowling

Here in Acts 18 we can see the continued growing of the body of believers. Paul is travelling with Silas and they continue on to Corinth. Paul shows how he is a man that happily will use his trade to ensure that he is not a burden on the other believers. He joins forces with Aquila and Pricilla and makes tents while he is in Corinth.

As usual he goes to the Jews in the synagogue but when they become abusive he goes next door to the house of Titus Justus and shares the gospel with him and his household. The result is that they come to faith in Christ. God speaks to Paul in a dream: "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city."

So Paul does, he remains there for a while. When we think about it, this explains his relationship with the Corinthians, and when we read 1 and 2 Corinthians we can read this with the knowledge that this is a man that was of no burden to them and built them up in the Lord.

Paul took Aquila and Pricilla with him to Ephesus and left them there to build up the church there. They seem to be an attentive couple that supported and encouraged other believers. We can see this as when a man named Apollos comes and begins to share the gospel, as he knows it, they invite him to their home and help to lead him on in his knowledge of God, supporting and disciplining him.

It is always interesting when we look at Acts and see how even through trials and testing they began to build a wider church. Have you ever been on holiday and found a church that you felt just at home in? A church that seems to welcome and love you as though you had been there for years? This should not be something that surprises us; this should be how it is when we visit other towns. We should be able to walk into a church of born again believers and feel at home there like we do in our usual church. Likewise visitors from other places should be able to walk into our church and feel just as loved and welcomed as they do at home.

Why? Because we all have the same Spirit, we are all the one body and so should be of one heart and one mind, one that is fully in love with Jesus.

So when you next go on holiday, pray, ask God to direct you to His people there, and enter the church knowing you are all one in Christ. Love them and bless them while you are there. Then when you return, look out for new faces, love them and bless them. We are all in this together.

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