The Apostle Paul was not reluctant to mention the names of those who posed a threat to the furtherance of the gospel and the health of the church and also the names of those whose lives had been a blessing to others.
Among those in the first group were Hymenaeus and Alexander (1Timothy 1:19-20), Phygelus and Hermogenes (2 Timothy 1:15), Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Timothy 2:17), Alexander the coppersmith (2 Timothy 4:14-15).
But I would like to focus on that second group – people whose lives had been a blessing to others. Many names could be listed. For starters take a look at 2 Timothy 1:16-18; 4:11, 19-21 & Romans 16:1-15.
I want to mention a man to whom Paul wrote a personal letter. Paul said these words to Philemon in verse 7 of that letter: “For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have refreshed through you.” It’s a good thing to tell people when they have been used by the Lord to
be a blessing. Paul told Philemon that he (Paul) had derived much joy and comfort from his (Philemon’s) love. But Paul went further and told Philemon that the hearts of the saints had been refreshed through him. What a beautiful word – “refreshed.” Thank God that He brings into the lives of His people times of refreshing and that He brings that refreshing through refreshing people.
We, at Wake Chapel Church, have been blessed and refreshed through the lives of Dan & Diane Peters. These past ten months have flown by and have been filled with wonderful moments of refreshing. Thank you Dan & Diane, for opening your hearts and lives to us. Thank you Dan, for opening God’s Word to us. Thank you both for making your gifts and talents available to the Lord and to His church at Wake Chapel. You will be in our thoughts and prayers as you move to your next place of refreshing ministry. We love you and you will always be a part of our church family at Wake Chapel.
If I could I’d like to borrow Paul’s words to Philemon and adapt them to our situation at Wake Chapel – “We have derived much joy and comfort from your love, our brother and sister, because the hearts of the saints at Wake Chapel Christian Church have been refreshed through you.” Thank you and to God be the glory!