I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well. Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you. Romans 16:1-16
Paul always took time to acknowledge fellow workers for Christ. Sometimes we can get so caught up in what we are doing that we forget those that help and aid us along the way. Other times we get so focused on the person on stage that we ignore the many people behind the scenes that make things possible. Paul, though, always mentioned others. He took time to single out those working for Christ.
Just think, these are people that every Christian has read about, most only a name, but two thousand years later we still know about then. For most it is only their name and maybe a location. For others we know a bit more but not a lot more. Still, they were among the first working to spread the Gospel.
The great majority of us will not long be remembered. Maybe a generation after we are gone, maybe two, but forgotten we will be. In the short time we have here on earth we need to thank those who have helped us, those that have encouraged us. Not just those up front but those behind the scenes. Let them know we appreciate what they are doing for the Lord.
Have a blessed day,