“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you — that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” (Romans 1:11–12 ESV)
There is no throw away in Paul’s introduction to the letter to the Roman church. Here we have a nugget of truth, in Paul’s expectation, that resonates in our community still today. The preaching of the gospel is the imparting of a spiritual gift that strengthens believers. He is eager to come to them to do ministry so he can join in on the mutual gospel encouragement.
This is what we in the church exist for — to proclaim the gospel to one another and to the world, that we would be strengthened by it. I don’t always see Christian community in this light, but I desire to do so just like Paul, and maybe you do to.
The power of God, the richness, fullness, and righteousness of God is conveyed and delivered in the gospel for all those who believe. This is why it is our well of refreshment and vitality that we go back to over and over again. It is our lives of purpose and resolve, this message of grace to those that could never earn it.
Today, seek out people you can encourage with the gospel. Seek out those that can encourage you in the same way and receive the spiritual gift that will strengthen you for all that will come your way.