Reading: Romans 16:1-16
Between the lines
These sixteen verses in Romans are probably as frequently dismissed as the lists of genealogies throughout the Bible. But between the lines are stories of real people who weren't rock stars. They were just faithful. Let me introduce you to a few:
Meet Phoebe, likely a widow. As a woman, she was quite deficient of respect from her culture. Not so in God's eyes. She was a servant of the church and probably held the honor of personally delivering Paul's letter! Meet Urbanus, whose name was common to slavery, yet he is an equal worker with Paul in the Lord. Meet an entire household of slaves who belonged to Aristobulus, the grandson of Herod! Meet another household of slaves from a somewhat shady character named Narcissus. It is likely they served the Emperor Claudius after Nero's death. God places His people everywhere.
The list goes on, but you get the point: men who risked everything; women who humbly walked in divine appointments; slaves who were fellow heirs with the King of Kings. God uses the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the wise!What stories will be read between the lines of your name?