Who are the most important people in your life?
This chapter has a long list of people that Paul is sending his greetings too. Some of them are mentioned elsewhere in the Bible, some of them only on this list. But every time we come across a list like this in the Bible, we have the reminder that all people matter. They may only be names on a page. But they matter, to Paul and to God. And to us.
Imagine that Paul was writing a letter to our church, and was going to mention your name. What do you think he might say? Would you be like Priscilla and Aquila who risked their lives for Paul (maybe not quite that dramatic, but something like that?) Or what about Mary, who worked very hard? Or Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test – he remained faithful despite difficult times. How can we be more like some of the people in this list?
Paul also warns the church to keep away from the people who are out to get them, and those who are putting obstacles and things in the way of them. There will always be people trying to cause trouble, and the best thing to do is to keep away. Don’t let them stop what God wants to do in and through you.
Lord God, thank you for the people you have put around me. Thank you for the encouragement that they are. Help me to be wise in my friendships and keep on track to follow you. Amen.
Why not tell some of the important people in your life how much you appreciate them?