With the opposition growing, Paul knew it was time to move on. After a great experience in Ephesus, he decided to move across Macedonia and Asia encouraging the young churches he helped to establish. While he was encouraging the churches, several people were walking along side to encourage him. Paul had built an entourage of men that protected, worked, prayed and traveled along side him through the journey.
For Paul, he was truly a man on a mission. The once zealous Christian hunter, had now become the most prolific evangelist of the Gentile world. But between beatings, shipwrecks and imprisonment, Paul needed the assistance of others. Having the group of men with him, allowed Paul to serve and see God’s hand through out much of Europe and Asia.
No person can be effective on their own. Each of us needs to encourage one another as we traverse the journey set out for us. It will make us more effective in building disciples and it will help others to stay in the game and serve as well. In addition, as we encourage and are encouraged, it builds support and community. Alone we are good, unified, we are great. We must never try to bear our burdens singularly, but welcome others to come along side and walk, talk, pray and protect one another! Help me, Lord to be one that comes along side and builds your kingdom!
God Bless You
When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He traveled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 3 where he stayed three months. Because some Jews had plotted against him just as he was about to sail for Syria, he decided to go back through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia. 5 These men went on ahead and waited for us at Troas. 6 But we sailed from Philippi after the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and five days later joined the others at Troas, where we stayed seven days.