When most Christians think of people who are worthy of recognition, names like Paul and Peter come to mind because of their faithful witness and heroic acts. There are, however, so many others that God deemed worthy of personal recognition in His word for what many would call “simple acts”. So then, who is worthy of recognition in Scripture and what acts performed draw the Lord’s attention according to Rom. 16?
V1 - a servant of the church
V2 - a succourer (relief worker) of many
V4 - Who have for my life laid down their own necks
V6 - who bestowed much labour on us.
V7 - my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles,
V9 - helper in Christ
V10 - approved in Christ
V12 - who labour much in the Lord
V17 - (who) mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
V19a - (whose) obedience is come abroad unto all men.
V19b - wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
LESSON - These people had no idea that their service would draw any public recognition to themselves. They were just faithfully and consistently serving the Lord and the needs of others from within and outside the church. Their main motive was listed in V27 “To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.” Considering these simple acts of service, is your life worthy of recognition by God?