In 19th-century England, debtors prison housed those unfortunate souls who couldnt pay their bills. New prisoners were escorted to the chummage, a prison dormitory. Since the people were not there for violent crimes, a spirit of trust and camaraderie soon developed. They played games together and had plenty to eat. Some were even allowed private rooms.
In time, the prisoners began to refer to each other as chums. Later, the word caught on outside the prison walls and took on the meaning of a cordial friend.
Deep bonds of friendship also take place in Christian ministry. Those who worked alongside Paul were not strangers to persecution and imprisonment. But a common mission created a deep sense of connectedness. In his letter to the believers in Colosse, Paul called Epaphras a fellow servant (1:7). The term can be paraphrased as together slave or one who serves the same master with another.
When believers live under the lordship of Christ, they can see their lives intertwined in service. By serving as slaves to Christ, a spiritual camaraderie results that transcends being chums. And that special relationship will continue on into eternity!
Amen..Thank you, Mayor.