2 Timothy 4:11, Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry.
I spent a part of my morning with an old friend that I have not seen in years. He dropped by Coffee Connection looking for me, so Margie called and I came up to spend time catching up. It is always good to reconnect with people who have walked through some important times in life. We talked together and prayed together and spoke about how we shouldn’t allow as much time to pass before we make time to talk about the things of life, and even importantly, about the work of God in our lives.
For Paul what makes this desire to reconnect even more amazing is that this relationship had been one that had gone from good to bad and back to good. At one point Paul didn’t want anything to do with Mark and now he saw him as a deep need for the work of the ministry. Isn’t that the way God works, the very people we don’t see as valuable he can turn into people we can’t imagine living without. Relationships within the Kingdom can be absolutely amazing; God brings us people to help us grow, help challenge us to change, and who can lead us into new opportunities to serve. And He will use us to do the same in the life of someone else.
The encouragement for us is to get connected, live connected, and share our connections with others. As a pastor friend used to say, “There are no lone rangers in the Kingdom of God.”