17 When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. 18 The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. 19 Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law.
There is something special about coming home. Long conversations with old friends, telling everyone about the things God has been doing in your life. Showing your loved ones some of the cool things you’ve learned, just being around people who love you, and good laughs with old friends. Normally, I have so much to say and not enough time to share it! Coming home after a long journey can be so refreshing. I love that God gives us times like these to help us recharge and refocus, especially with the knowledge that difficult times are ahead. Friends and family is so often the right remedy to the missionary blues. A lot can be healed or strengthened through a good word or laugh. A lot can be healed or strengthened by just being that friend who listens. Pour into your friend a good word or just sit and listen to everything they have to share. This week, be that friend or relative who helps recharge and refocus others on the eve of something big (Josh).
Thoughts for the day
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Identify anything that is making you weary or burdened and give it back to God. You might like to physically represent this by clinching your hands then opening them.