Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. (Acts 14:21–22)
VISITING THE DOCTOR is something I usually reserve for when I am feeling ill or notice a problem. Even though I know I should have an annual checkup, I don’t always do so. On a well visit, the doctor can give guidance on healthy living. If you get a good report, you can leave the office encouraged, propelling you to continue your healthy choices.
Paul and Barnabas had been to Lystra, Iconium, and Pisidian Antioch. In Pisidian Antioch almost the whole city came out to hear their preaching. Many became believers. In Iconium there were a great number of Jews and Gentiles who believed. In Lystra there were disciples who came to Paul’s aid when he had been stoned and left for dead (Acts 13:13—14:20).
On their way back to Antioch, Paul and Barnabas revisited each of these cities, not because there was an emergency but to give a spiritual “well visit” to the believers. Those who were doing poorly, Paul and Barnabas were able to strengthen. Those who were healthy, Paul and Barnabas were able to encourage before continuing on.
Don’t wait until there is a problem to discuss your walk with the Lord. Keep those around you healthy by regularly asking, How are you doing spiritually? What are you reading in God’s Word and how is it changing you? How can I pray for you?
Give yourself a spiritual checkup today.
Rachel Schmoyer is a mom of four and pastor’s wife who enjoys cooking from scratch with ingredients from a local organic farm.