Work as a Team.
Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22 I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.
What can be learned from the people Paul mentions in this part of his letter to the Roman local church?
Timothy was a young man Paul saw promise in and took with him on his mission journey. At the time of this letter, Timothy had been with Paul for about eight years. Paul was always training disciples to carry on the work of Christ.
Lucious, Jason and Sosipater were Paul’s blood relatives he had reached with the gospel. Tertius was a trusted believer who was Paul’s secretary and wrote his letters for him since his eyes were not very good. Erastus was the Corinth city treasurer and Quartus was a fellow believer working with Paul.
What can we learn from this passage of Scripture?
We need to be training young believers to take the work forward when we are done. Paul trained Timothy. Are you preparing a younger believer? Ask the Lord to show you who you are to pour your life into today.
Paul reached out to his relatives with the gospel. Are you reaching out to your extended family with the gospel?
Paul had a person who helped him overcome his physical limitations. Are you willing to let others help you in your areas of weakness?
Paul reached out to important people in the city government. Are you willing to take the gospel to your city officials?
Paul received the help of Quartus, a fellow believer. Are you willing to come alongside of a Paul type person to help with the work?
These are questions that require a “Yes” answer if the work of Christ is going to be done in the most effective manner. If you have answered “No” to some of the questions then you know where you need to grow as a Christian. Ask the Lord Jesus to help you grow in those areas. He will help you!
May you give and serve like Jesus.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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