Personal greetings – where Paul uses people's names and records why he is thankful to God for them are recorded here at the end of Romans. It would be easy to skim over this list of names as purely administrative, but it strikes me that this is an important record of people Paul has had the privilege of partnering in the gospel with. People who have enabled Paul to do what God has called him to do – by doing what God has called each of them to do. There is no heir-achy when you serve in the Kingdom of God. I love that the mother of Rufus (so greeted in verse 13) is greeted by Paul and commended for being 'like a mother' to him. Others are commended for: working hard, being relatives, hospitality, service and faith. All are friends and partners with Paul.
It is tempting for me to see the work of the Kingdom as so important that it belongs to the 'headline' ministers – people that God 'really' uses!
Lord, help me remember that I am part of something much bigger that what I can see. Use me in partnership with your people so that Your Kingdom comes here on earth as it is in heaven.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn