Postcard Greetings

Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews.
I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.
Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.
Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. Romans 16:21-24

Reading these verses I get the feeling that several people are leaning over Tertius’ shoulder (Tertius is identified in verse 22 as the person actually writing the letter) and saying, “don’t forget about me!” Let’s face it, we like to be noticed and called out on occasion. Otherwise, why would Paul include these names in this letter?

Think about it. This is the Holy Word of God. Why in the world is Erastus – a local bureaucrat – and Quartus included in an eternal book? Good question. Any definitive answer on my part is purely a guess. However, throughout time, God has chosen the lowly and “foolish” things of this world to shame those who felt they were superior and learned. He still boggles the mind of the educated, and they spend tons of time trying to disprove Him. The irony is that they’ll never learn.

The point of the devotional today is simple. God continues to use the so-called “no-names” of the world to change it. If we were to grasp that one idea, our life and ministry on earth would change dramatically.


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