“The Gift of One Another”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Saturday, February 19, 2022 comes to us from Jason Koon of North Carolina

9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you. 10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed. 11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, 12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory. 13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 NIV


“The Gift of One Another”

My son is barely four years old, but everything about him – from the clothes he wears to his brand new “big-boy haircut” – reminds me of myself. On Sundays after morning worship, he confidently strides onto the stage to join me and bang on my drums. You can see clearly that he wants to be just like his dad. We sometimes can be hesitant to emulate another person too closely. Maybe we’re nervous about idolizing another person, or we’re terrified at the thought that someone may be looking up to us! However, we may be missing out on one of the greatest gifts God has given us for our spiritual growth – the gift of one another.

In 1 Thessalonians, Paul commends the church for imitating more mature believers, who put their trust in God’s word. Mature believers imitate God, and by emulating mature believers we can mature in faith as well. As we walk the path of faith together, we need not be afraid to find someone we can look up to just as my son looks up to me. We need not be afraid to follow the example of the faithful role models God gives us -- the ones who imitate Christ. As we walk arm-in-arm with other believers, together we learn to become like Jesus.


Friends –

I appreciate Jason Koon’s reflection about remembering those who have inspired us in faith and taking the risk and responsibility of allowing ourselves to become examples and mentors to others who are searching and growing in faith. I remember people who have inspired me, including several pastors and seminary professors. I also remember faithful, committed friends and family who listened to me when I needed to talk, who stood with me in times of struggle or grief, and who celebrated with me in moments of joy. They offered me the image of God’s loving care and grace. I pray that I have supported others on their journey toward knowing and experiencing God. I invite you to call to mind those who have led you on your faith journey, as well as those who you might have led on theirs. Pray for them and for guidance about being available to receive and share mentoring.

--Pastor bea


Dear Lord, surround us with people who can help us grow closer to you. Then help us to lead others in the way that leads to mature faith. Amen.

--Jason Koon

Prayer Focus:

Someone I Look Up To.

Thought for the Day:

Who is my role model in following Christ


Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of Go to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith

Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)