“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
There’s a kind of extreme concern – a kind of positive paranoia that Apostle Paul had for those he had a supernatural relationship with. Many times, he anticipated their fears or questions and provided answers in his letters.
He cared for those who were in ministry with him. He also cared for those he had taught or trained. We must emulate and imbibe that.
He had such a genuine concern for the state of their soul. You can discern it in his letters. To the church at Thessalonica, he says:
“For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.”
1 Thessalonians 3:4-5
This shows us that there is a kind of labour that you’d invest or have invested in the lives of people that you can’t just let them be. After praying for them and teaching them, you’ll show that you sincerely care.
How do you do that? You do that by calling and checking on people. You should ask how are they doing, what their walk in the Lord is like and how they are faring physically.
One of the reasons Paul wrote a second letter to some of the churches he had oversight of is because he had sent a first letter that carried questions about their physical and mental wellbeing. They had responded and a second letter was his corresponding feedback.
Dear Believer, Jesus asked you to make disciples. Doing that requires you to show genuine care for people. It matters.