By Ron Adams
Hebrews chapter 11 is often referred to as “The Role Call of the Old Testament Faithful” and rightly so. And there are other individuals that are often mentioned in the New Testament: the Apostles, Paul, Timothy, Titus, Mark, Luke, Barnabas. But many other Christians were busy doing what they could where they were. In Romans chapter 16, we are given the names of some. I prefer to call this the “Roll Call of Ordinary Christians” – true foot soldiers of the cross.
Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea . . . Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks . . . Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia . . . Mary, who has worked hard for you … Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me … Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord … Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ … Stachys my beloved . . . Apelles, the approved in Christ . . . the household of Aristobulus … Herodion, my kinsman . . . the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord . . . Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord … Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord . . . Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine . . . Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them . . . Philologus and Julia . . . Nereus and his sister . . . Olympas . . . and all the saints who are with them.
Today, many Christians are busy doing what they can where they are. We may never know them or hear what they have done, but their work makes a difference. They don’t do it to be praised by men but by God. Thank God for the “foot soldiers” in each congregation – including this one.
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