• Greetings for Prisca and Aquila Devotional

    Romans 16:3-5a

    Some scholars have theorized that Apollos wrote the book of Hebrews, and if this is true, there is little doubt that some of its content comes from the teaching of Prisca and Aquila. Even if Apollos did not write Hebrews, he clearly had an effective ministry of evangelism and defending the faith. This indicates the importance of our own discipleship efforts, whether we are teaching our own children, friends, or others. Someone we teach might in turn instruct thousands of others. View Resource

  • Honoring Faithfulness Devotional

    Romans 16:14-15

    Not everyone who works hard for Christ’s church receives honor and commendation from other people such as we see in Paul’s list of greetings. But even when no one else commends us for our work, the Lord sees what we are doing, and it is His evaluation that matters. Let us all serve the Lord in gratitude for our once-for-all salvation so that we will one day hear these words from God Himself: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” View Resource

  • Joy in the Present Devotional

    Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

    Often we experience suffering when we have faithfully served the Lord, while other faithful servants experience prosperity. When this happens, it is easy to wallow in dissatisfaction. We are also tempted to try to find the reasons why our situation is different than another’s. The answer, however, is to seek the Lord’s face and ask Him to give us contentment and satisfaction with whatever blessings we do have, whether they are large or small.

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  • Paul’s Fellow Prisoners Devotional

    Romans 16:5b-7

    Sometimes we are tempted to believe that we cannot have a significant ministry or influence if we are not ordained to church leadership. Yet that is to look at the kingdom of God in a worldly manner, for while the Lord has established offices of leadership in the church, important ministry work is reserved for laypeople as well. Let us strive to serve God and His people wherever we are, even if we are not called to an ordained office. View Resource

  • Stature in Christ Devotional

    Romans 16:8-11

    John Calvin also notes that the absence of titles in Romans 16 reveals that many Roman Christians were not a part of the upper class. God invites those whom the world would regard as the unlikeliest of people into His kingdom, and what He prizes is the humble, repentant, and faithful heart, not intellect, socioeconomic position, political power, or any other such thing. These things are not to be despised, but they give no one an advantage in the Lord’s kingdom. View Resource

  • Working Hard In the Lord Devotional

    Romans 16:12-13

    In today’s passage, Paul also commends Rufus’ mother, who was a “mother” to him as well. She evidently showed great care and concern for him at some point during his ministry. As believers in Christ, we should be eager to serve other Christians in such ways, acting as spiritual fathers or spiritual mothers to those who need us. Such work is praiseworthy in God’s sight, and it brings Him great glory. View Resource