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“Aristarchus, my fellow prisoner, sends you his greetings; and also Barnabas’s cousin Mark (about whom you received instructions; if he comes to you, welcome him); and also Jesus who is called Justus; these are the only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are from the circumcision, and they have proved to be an encouragement to me” (Colossians 4:10-11).

We again meet familiar people with whom Paul was traveling and knew.  Barnabas and John Mark.  Both are mentioned many times in Acts.  Their story intertwines with Paul’s.  This shows the reality of community (as Paul is addressing communities).  In this sense, things have not changed.  Come then and live in the goodness of the Gospel and see that in the Lord is the Truth He is unveiling to those who believe.

Lord, let me see the connections of Scripture so that I may understand more fully.  Help me now and always to be led by what is true.  Through these witnesses, encourage me to be a witness in a world that is skeptical and unbelieving.  Lead me, O Lord, and I will be led.  Guide me, O Lord,  that I may walk in the likeness of Christ my Savior.  Through all things, help me to become what You are making of me.

Lord Jesus, we all have been called in Your grace to become like You.  In Your image have we been created.  Help me to see the bigger picture so that I may humbly walk in the direction You are guiding me and become what You are making of me.  Through all things, keep my eye on the prize so that I may not waver from the faith You have given me in grace and mercy.  Amen.