Have you heard the name Epenetus? Or Ampliatus? Did you know that they are listed in the Bible? You may have skipped over their names. Yet for Paul, at the end of his book to the Romans feels that these people are so significant that he goes to the trouble of listing them.
Epenetus was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. There are people like Mary, Tryphena and Tryphosa who are simply commended for their hard work in the Lord. Over and over people are mentioned, and we know very little about them, except this.
They were significant in the eyes of God and in the life of Paul.
We so often think significance is found in being a world changer or leading an impressive organisation, perhaps we think it can be found in a celebrity? Yet in the economy of God, it is found in obedience to God. It is found in doing what He has called us to do. Irrespective of whether it is seen by others.
Paul recognises this and chooses to list a group of largely unknown heroes because he sees what we are all to apt to forget. They are significant.
When you pray for a ministry. When you care for another. When you serve on a team. When you financially support God’s work here. None of these will necessarily be seen by others, but they are nevertheless significant.
Whilst many of the names listed at the back of Romans are largely unknown to us, they are known to God. I suspect when we all stand before God one day, and we understand the significance of our lives for God, it will be the lives of the Epenetus, the Ampliatus, and the Tryphosa that we discover made the greatest difference in the scheme of God. Many of the names and faces that we think are great, may not have made the dent we think.
Our significance is simply found in our obedience to the call of God on our life. This week, can we invite you to choose to live a significant life.