To the warrior, communication could mean the difference between life and death.
“Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain” (1 Thessalonians 3:1–5, NKJV).
In this passage, Paul explains exactly how much he cared for the believers. After he founded the church, he spent time with them, taught them, helped them grow in Christ. Then he left them to begin other works, trusting that their faith in Christ would remain strong. But he had received no word from them, and while in Athens, Paul could not endure not knowing their spiritual condition any longer. Willing to be alone, He sent his co-laborer, Timothy, just to find out about them and to see if they were enduring the trials that they would inevitably encounter.
Communication is vital whether you’re on deployment or remaining behind to tend the unit or the family and home. With the number of ways available today to keep in touch, it’s surprising when military men and women on mission don’t keep in touch with those who care for them—or vice-versa. If the apostle Paul would care enough to send his faithful companion—who he needed in Athens to help him—what excuse do you have? Take advantage of the communication technology you have available; keep in touch often as you can!
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.