Romans 1:12 “…that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
I just stood there - watching and listening. Two men who had worked together and risked their lives together fighting fires and I stood in awe of some of the stories I had heard about them. Times when they had risked their lives trying to save others; times of how they were growing old. They had more than fighting fires in common. They both had a love of Jesus Christ. Today's verse speaks about how we may be encouraged together by the others faith - both yours and mine. These two men, one being my father, not only shared fighting fires, but they had a faith in God that drew them to a deeper friendship than just co-workers. I know they pray for each other, visit each other, talk on the phone with each other building one another up in Christ. That's true discipleship; that's men having a common bond past their occupations. Who are you being encouraged by? Who are you encouraging past the day to day of work?
TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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