In Ephesians 3:14-21 as Paul prays for the church in Ephesus, he directs his prayer to the Father, ‘from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.” Then, as he pens his final paragraph to ‘Pastor Timothy’ in Ephesus, he gets up close and personal by naming names of some in the family.
“Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus stayed in Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick in Miletus. Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus greets you, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia and all the brothers.
The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you.” (2 Timothy 4:19-22)
A couple, some co-workers and other family members all connected because of Jesus Christ.
1) Priscilla & Aquila – A couple, tent makers by trade, but hard-wired to be active in serving Christ. Take a look at their involvement in various churches. Wherever they went, they served. What a testimony!
2) Onesiphorus – Who is this? We have limited details but his entire household was engaged in ministry?
3) Erastus – A co-worker of Paul’s who stayed to stabilize the church in Corinth.
4) Trophimus – Sick? Fascinating that the apostle who was used of God and equipped with gifts of healing left a co-worker ill. God does not always heal and those of His children who experience ongoing physical weakness should not view this as punishment.
5) Others send greetings. Individually they are included as a reminder of the diverse family God is growing around the world. Though separated by miles, they are one in spirit and demonstrate interest in the work of God in Ephesus.
Take time today to thank God for His family. Why not send greetings to a few others in the body of Christ, and assure them of your ongoing love and interest? You’ll be blessed and your note/card/email of encouragement may prove a burden-lifter today.