Do Life - Part 3

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, help us as we study this Scripture to understand why close friends are needed when we are experiencing deep problems and setbacks.

 

Read: 2 Timothy 4:9-13 NIV

“Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments.”

 

Reflect: 

2 Timothy was probably written while Paul was facing death in a dungeon in Rome. It is thought to be the last letter he wrote and it shows the emotions that a person would feel in that situation. At times like these Paul wanted to have friends around him.  This is demonstrated by these last words he wrote asking that Timothy and others come, be with him, and bring his books (parchments).  All of this would bring him comfort as he faced his last days.

I can understand how he felt. In early 2000 I was living in Western Kansas and had a sudden critical illness, possibly requiring specialized surgery that could only be done at a major hospital.  I was life-flighted to Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita.  Before the flight, while I was in the emergency room, word went out to our small group (home team) what was happening.  Quickly there were two couples there comforting my wife.  One individual slipped her $100 bill and said, “You’re going to need some cash.” This proved to be a blessing.  He didn’t remember his gift, but we never forgot it!  It turned out I didn’t need surgery but I did need some clothing to go home in.  We contacted another of the couples in our small group and they went to our house and got the clothing I needed and brought it to Wichita. I had something to go home in besides a hospital gown!

There is no way we could have made it through the illness and long period of recovery without the warm, caring comfort that was provided by our small group.  This is why Pathway emphasizes being in a home team that has developed the relationships needed to help each other through difficult times like what Paul and I had.

 

Apply: 

Are you in a home team?  Ask yourself if your home team is one that anyone would feel comfortable asking for help in times of need.  If it isn’t, what can be done by the home team to make it so that a member would be comfortable asking for help?  If you’re not in a home team, check with the church for directions to join one.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Lord Jesus, thank You for Paul’s example of what it means to reach out when you are under stress.  Help me be an available, compassionate, and unselfish support to my friends.  In Your name, Amen.

Terry Schneider