by Carol Yasin
Are you the one with a thought, “When I was not being recognized for the work I do, I wanted to quit?” Then this one is for you.
Recognition – Everyone runs behind it. When unrecognized, we become discouraged or cast down. Sometimes, we even quit the task we get along. It has happened to me so often. But, our God is faithful and He picks me up whenever I fail to do my task. He counsels and comfort me with His words, “Daughter, do your work and leave it to me. I am watching you always.” Yes, God is always watching us. He is always there watching over you.
Paul lists a group of people in Romans 16. When it comes with a long list with names in the Bible, we often skip them. When it comes to the birth of Jesus Christ in Matthew 1, we skip the names in the generations and we start reading it from the birth of Jesus. Remember, Every word in the Bible is God-breathed and God-inspired.
2 Timothy 3:16 – 17
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
While reading chapter 16 of Romans, I was questioning myself, why Paul has to mention all these names. Every time I read the chapter, I skimmed it. We are always more interested in exploring the deeper things of God. But, when we read them, sometimes it encourages us when we are being overlooked, forgotten or forsaken.
Paul lists 31 names in this chapter. They would have either ministered to him in some way or they should have been faithful in their work with God. Although we may spot the name of Phoebe (v.1), Priscilla and Aquila (V.3) and Timothy (V.21), it’s doubtful that we’ll know anything about Mary, Andronicus, Junia, Amplias, Urbane, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion, Narcissus, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus, Asyncritus, Phlegon, Herma, Patrobas, Hermes, Philologus, Julia, Nereus, Olympas, Lucius, Jason and Sosipater (vv.6-15, 21). If you have a Bible dictionary, you might get a possible history of them. But, nothing else is mentioned about them other than the above quoted verses. And so, a question may arise why they were included in Paul’s greetings and salutations. Because they’d all impacted his life in some way and he wanted them to know he thanked God for them and what they’d done.
Yes, dear friends. Do you feel that your acts of kindness and benevolence went unnoticed? Do you feel that you are not being recognized? Do you feel that you are not acknowledged? If we are not careful, we may be tempted to get discouraged, just wishing that someone would say “Thank you” or at least give us a little pat on the back. Do not heed to the temptation lies of Satan!
Instead, stay focused on Jesus and be faithful in your service to Him and others. Never forget the young lad who supplied the five loaves and two fishes was never named; neither do we know the identity of the Samaritan woman at the well, the widow who gave the two mites, the one who was healed by Jesus at the Pool of Bethseda or those listed in the “Heroes’ Hall of Faith” (Heb. 11:33-40). That’s okay. God knows and is writing it all down (I Cor. 15:58). Press on.
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