Today's encouragement comes from Romans 16:1, where we read these words:
"I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cen-chrea . . . "
This (above) is a wonderful thing to be said about a person. First, the great Apostle Paul "commends" Phoebe. He refers to her as a "sister," a part of a great covenantal family. Phoebe was a "servant of the church." Her life was valuable, and well-spent. Furthermore, Phoebe was a "servant" of a particular church—the one in "Cenchrea." She did not content herself with her associa-tion with the "invisible" church. Instead, she was committed to a local one—as all faithful Christians are.
Godly church women have always been exalted in Biblical Christianity. Their roles are critical. The church cannot prosper or thrive without them.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Christ does His church more good now that He is in heaven . . . “ —Richard Sibbes, in, "Glorious Freedom"]