Session 24

Life is better together

From Colossians: A 28-Day Devotional

Sometimes, encouragement comes through a hug and a homecooked meal. Other times, we find courage as we lock eyes and hear stories of God’s faithfulness. And often, courage comes when the right word, the right prayer lands with all the force and power of hearing from God Himself.

To encourage is to spur on, stir up, to give courage — all things that are hard to do from afar. This is what Paul wanted for the church in Colossae (Colossians 4:8).

Paul wanted more for them than a halftime pep talk. He wanted them to feel and know how loved and precious they are. So Paul did what God did. He sent them his own.

Tychicus and Onesimus were Paul’s beloved brothers. When the church needed encouragement, Paul sent his community because some things can only be transferred through real, face-to-face interaction.

We were made for community. To share our lives with one another and serve alongside one another like Paul, Tychicus, and Onesimus did. No one lives on mission for God alone. Even Jesus sent his disciples out two by two (Mark 6:7).

Who are the people you laugh harder with than anyone else? The people who know you and get this Jesus-following thing because they’re doing it, too? Who will remind you who you are and how much God loves you? Who will stand by you on your good days and your worst days?

We all need friends like this. People who we would call our "faithful and beloved brothers."

Names might be filling your mind as you read that list of questions. But if you’re wondering where to find friendships like Paul had with Tychicus and Onesimus, consider joining a group.

Groups are where we find a spiritual family. Where we go beyond "How was your day?" to "How are you, really?" Groups are where friends become family, and we find the encouragement our hearts need.

  • What’s the most encouraging thing someone has ever done for you? Is there anyone you can give courage to today?
  • Is joining or starting a group your next step? What, if anything, is stopping you from getting involved?

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