Wednesday, November 14
PAUL’S COMMENDATION OF PHOEBE
I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church in Cenchreae.
2 So you should welcome her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints and assist her in whatever matter she may require your help. For indeed she has been a benefactor of many — and of me also.
GREETING TO ROMAN CHRISTIANS
3 Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila, my coworkers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my life. Not only do I thank them, but so do all the Gentile churches. 5 Greet also the church that meets in their home. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. 6 Greet Mary, who has worked very hard for you. 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews and fellow prisoners. They are noteworthy in the eyes of the apostles, and they were also in Christ before me. 8 Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. 9 Greet Urbanus, our coworker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. 10 Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those who belong to the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. 12 Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, who have worked hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, who has worked very hard in the Lord. 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother — and mine. 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers and sisters who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send you greetings.
As Paul concludes his letter to the church in Rome we see a series of personal addresses to individuals in the church. This section shows us that the letter to the Romans was a letter to real people, and for the most part, ordinary people. The book of Romans was not written to “professional Christians” or theologians. This is really powerful to recognize because it leads us to see that God’s gospel is intended for real people, who live in the real world, and deal with real struggles each and every day. We are not unlike those who the letter was written directly to, so we can be challenged and encouraged the same way they were.
God speaks to us. He does so directly and he does so through scripture. What we read in scripture was not written without particular people and situations in mind. As God lead Paul to pen the words of Romans He did so knowing every single person that would ever read them. Take a second today to think about how amazing that is. God knew you when Romans was written. God knew what exact struggles you’d be facing each time you read Romans. His truth is eternal, for all people, all the time.
Father, thank you for knowing me. Thank you for being a Creator that stays involved in my life. Thank you for speaking to me. I ask that you continue to make Your voice clear to me through Your scripture.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.