Paul’s ministry, and life, ends with his execution. Imprisoned in Rome awaiting his death, he writes, “Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me…only Luke is with me” (2 Timothy 4.10a, 11a). Luke is a faithful friend who, even under less than ideal circumstances, accompanied Paul in his final days. The Bible doesn’t tell us what Luke was doing for Paul as he approached the end, just that he was “with him.”
This is encouraging for us. God has placed people in our lives to whom we need to be tied. Sometimes we don’t know what to do, but that’s okay. Like Luke, simply being with them through their trial is an incredible gift. Whether a friend in the hospital, an elderly family member confined to their home, or someone going through extended legal battles, commit yourself to being a faithful friend.
Today, perform an intentional act to show someone who needs you that you’re “with” them. Whether it’s writing a note, visiting them in the hospital, sending them a text, or dropping off a bouquet of flowers, remind them of God’s faithfulness and that you’re with them to the end.