So on Facebook today, I ask for friends to read one chapter from the Bible and share how God encouraged them. People must be busy or afraid or not in the encouragement mode because only one person responded. Oh, well, I did mine...
I read Romans 16. I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among[d] the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the other brothers and sisters with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the Lord’s people who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery, they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you, but I want you to be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my fellow Jews. I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.
What I came away with from this chapter are these words...
- Relationship ... start with a greeting of encouragement
- Reputation ... we are known beyond our personal circle; make it worthy
- Teamwork ... a good leader uses those who feel unworthy but have a deep desire to take part
- Bad Boys & Girls ... spewers of opinion that are not Christ-centered
- Humbleness ... women are powerful forces in ministry when the focus is on serving
- Praise ... end every day in praise to a God that reveals His glory
James 3:8, But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. This is why it is so important to stay in a relationship with Christ, to be an encourager, to see the needs, to create Holy Habits!!! I am encouraged today from Romans 16 because I see God at work where I live in people I know. It is SO, SO, good y'all!!! It doesn't matter what brick in the wall you are; God is ready to use us in His lives-building ministry. The Bible is our workbook.
Prayer in action=love and love in action=service...
Watch out for the serpents; they are working to take us down. A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10
He has this! He has the whole world in His hands. You and me!!! So cool watching it play out and playing a tiny role. Every follower of Jesus Christ has a part in the play!!!