Romans 16:5-16 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household. Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. 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. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
Paul finishes his letter to the Romans. He can’t close out without greeting all of his close friends and coworkers who were laymen. The word laymen can be misunderstood. It is not a term that refers to people in the church that do not do the work of God. It simply refers to people who love God with all of their heart that are looking for ways they can serve. They are not the called to preach. They do not receive a salary from the church. But work, they do!
Notice all the bold print. Think of all that they were doing.
One gives their home to be used as a ministering point. Â The church meets there. Â A vital ministry greatly blessed and appreciated by Paul.
Mary worked hard to bless Paul. She no doubt did many menial jobs that no one thought that important but Paul stops to say thank you. Maybe she was involved in the cleaning, cooking, set up and take down of the meeting place.
Some had suffered for the faith just like the apostles. The apostles even knew their names and thought about them.
Others were simply helpers but worthy for Paul to take a few verses to say a special thank you that went down in history.
Others labored with him in the ministry. Not sure if that means they were teaching, preaching, discipling but they were in the battle with Paul.
Where are you today? What are you doing in the ministry? It is important. You are needed. Do not stop. God does take note and the Holy Spirit takes the time to remember their names in the Holy Scriptures!