23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends you greetings. 24 And so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas and Luke, my fellow workers. Philemon 23-24
Paul kept incredible company, didn’t he? As he closes out this letter to Philemon, Paul drops some names that Philemon would have known. Somehow I suspect it was more than a “Yeah, tell Philemon I said, ‘Hey.” “Me too.” “Make it three, Paul.”
No, for him to record it in eternal Scriptures, it was more than that. Perhaps he was merely naming them to hold himself accountable and not take undeserved glory for writing him. Paul truly believed that he wasn’t alone in the ministry (apart from the Holy Spirit). No matter where you are laboring for the Gospel, your brothers and sisters around the world are on your side and cheering you on even if you can’t hear or see them. The family of Christ is massive. And to drive it home further, your brothers and sisters across town are on your side even if you’ve never seen or talked with them.
Take some time today to pray for your brothers and sisters around the world. Choose a country, read up about it as much as you can, and pray.
Pray for their pastors.
Pray for freedom in the country.
Pray that Christians will have boldness in sharing their faith.