Paul begins by greeting his fellow workers in Christ. The first name on his list: Phoebe, our leading lady for this week. He had great respect for her. She had opened her home to him and supported his ministry. She was highly regarded in the church. Caring for the sick or tending to children. He entrusted her with the delivery of the letter to the Romans. A humble servant of the Lord, Phoebe sought no recognition for her works but Paul praised her. He referred to her as sister, deacon and helper.
Although Phoebe didn’t have an official title in the church, that does not take way from the good works or her dedication to God.
Do you feel the need for a title? CEO, CFO or CPA. Do these three capitalized letters standing next to each other make you feel more important? Or perhaps the perks that come with having a title. A reserved parking place with your name on it? Or maybe a corner office with a window view?
When I interviewed for my job at the school I told them in 3 to 5 years I would be head custodian. With that comes more responsibility among other things but sometimes I wonder if I would just like to have the title and the perks that come with it. I’ve heard “With great responsibility comes great power” but what about “with a title comes great recognition?”Phoebe has taught me an important life lesson that I hope you too can apply: It’s not the title that is important but the service.
I clean desk, scrub floors and toilets, but I do that because that is how I serve the Lord. And I do that with a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I don’t have a corner office or a reserved parking space with my name on it. And I’m ok with that. But what I do have is something more meaningful and more significant than a title associated with my name. You may not be able to see it but I know it’s there. It was designed for me. It fits me and only me. It sparkles and shines. It is truly beautiful.
What is it that I do have? I have a tiara. I am the daughter of the King (1 Peter 2:9) and that makes me a princess.
I cannot do my life alone. It is too complicated and sometimes just too overwhelming. Then I realized I am never alone. My Heavenly Father is with me always. How could I not trust Him? The one who knew me before I was born (Jeremiah 1:5); the one who has a plan for me (Jeremiah 29:11); and the God who is my Rock (Isaiah 26:4).
Something to think about: Remember you are never alone. Your Heavenly Father is with you always. Reach out to Him. Call upon His name. He is closer than you think.
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Your Turn: Does a title make you who you are? What verse do you claim to remind yourself who God says that you are? Share your verse below to help others learn what God says about them. Leave a Reply ~ Tonya