OVERVIEW: Paul recognizes the hard work, service, and care of others, and he acknowledges that his ministry would not have been possible without their support.
BIG IDEA: Show gratitude for those who work hard and remind them of the value of what they do.
KEY VERSE: Romans 16:19 (Paul concludes his letter)
But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Take time to appreciate those around you. Look for ways to recognize hard work and accomplishments. If you are making an impact for my kingdom, be humble and grateful, and remember your success would not be possible without others. Acknowledging someone else’s success or support helps you keep the right perspective. You are one of many servants whom I have mobilized for a purpose. I haven’t called you to fulfill that purpose alone. Be careful not to become self-important or self-involved. You need others, and others need you.
Stay grounded in the scriptures and test all teaching and teachers against it. Many claim to follow me and many profess to be a partner in faith, but some have wicked intentions. You will know them by the divisions and obstacles they put in your way. You will know them by their disobedience. Stay away from those claiming to be partners in ministry while living contrary to my teaching. But embrace and acknowledge those who serve genuinely, sacrificially, and faithfully.
Send a thank-you email, text, or card to someone you know who faithfully serves the Lord. Let them know how much you appreciate them.