“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3).TEXT — Romans 16:1-16
Charles Spurgeon said, “When joy and prayer are married, their first born child is gratitude”. Gratitude is an art that is fading away in the lives of many people today because they have concentrated much on what man is doing and less on what God is doing. Gratitude makes us to see God at work every time.
In our reading today, there are twenty-four individual names mentioned by Paul and six among them are women. Even though Paul had not physically been to Rome, yet he had such a healthy relationship with many of the people from a distance. He not only mentioned their names, but states clearly what specific things the people did. For example, he wrote: “Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. Salute Apelles approved in Christ… Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus… Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine”. What a detailed picture of a beautiful relationship.
No man is an island. We all operate among people who sacrifice on a regular basis to keep us sustained physically and spiritually. Many people are too busy and too successful for their own good. When you are so busy that you do not have time to appreciate the people around you in your family, at work or in the church, you are indeed too busy for your good.
Like Paul, we should make it our priority to appreciate God and all the people He is using to build us up and make us humanly relevant. God used someone to give you a lift on your journey in life. Thank God for such people today and celebrate them by giving them a call or sending a message. Remember, God is at work in the team He has built around you.
Thought for the day
Gratitude, like a ball, always bounces back to you.
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- JEREMIAH 25 – 27