2 I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
As Paul points out here both Euodia and Syntyche had worked with him ‘in the cause of the gospel,’ so they were on the same side. These women were fighting the same fight, and the pastor Paul calls them to be reconciled and walk in unity. Euodia, Syntyche, Clement, and the co-workers mentioned, have their names written in the book of life – they will all spend eternity with God. Now that’s a small detail that shifts perspective! God has called them to this magnificent life of relationship with Him, now and forever… are these women really going to get caught in disagreement?
I’m encouraged to lift up my eyes, lift up my thoughts, above the everyday demands, above the everyday thoughts… I’ve been called to relationship with the king of the universe, to know Him, to know and experience His goodness and His greatness, today, and always. Help me Lord, to live with this glorious perspective, to enjoy the day before me and anticipate an eternity in your presence. Help me to focus on the things that truly matter. Amen.
Written by Beth Waugh