For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.
I Corinthians 16:15-24
Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people. The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss. I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
We are not told to be subject or show submission to just anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ. In this we are to be judges of the character and fruit of the Spirit demonstrated by others. Not to disrespect but to know whether they truly are of God. Those who
“devote themselves to the service of the saints…”
Paul states to be subject to such as these and to every fellow laborer and worker. Do they speak in love and kindness? Are they found faithful to the work of the Lord; to the building of the kingdom? “Be subject to such as these…”
Treat one another with love, encourage one another to good works, build one another up, no tearing down and dividing. Name the name of Jesus Christ only. Keep our focus on Him in all we do and say and we will be seen as peaceful and faithful. Christ will be lifted up and will draw all men to him. Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.