Like other women in both the early church and the church today, sacrificed countless hours for the advancement of God’s kingdom through her various church ministries. She remained focused on the goal of spreading the Good News and accomplished this task against insurmountable odds. Driven by her deep sense of desire, purpose, faith and commitment, Phoebe traveled many miles in order to deliver the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians of Rome. This letter was important, for its contents would become the bridge to understanding God’s plan for future Christians.
Phoebe’s steadfast motivation touched the hearts of countless people who otherwise may not have been receptive to the gospel. Without this diligent and faithful servant, we might not have the book of Romans from which to read and garner spiritual insight.
Phoebe goes virtually unnoticed in the Biblical text, and many women servants of Christ today go unnoticed too. Phoebe’s work however was very important. In Roman’s 16:1 Paul called her “A servant of the church in Cenchrea.” Used in this way, the word “servant” the word probably refers to the position of woman deacon, or deaconess.
Sister’s of the Faith, while our work of spreading the Good News and bringing other’s to Christ may be trying at times, we must stay focused on the outcome because there are countless others that who receive it that will be blessed in ways that we cannot possibly foresee.
As humanistic and natural as it is to want outward recognition for the work that we do, we must not lose our focus on our commitment to the Lord when we do not receive such recognition. Our true reward is in Heaven and our rewarder sees our hard work and knows what we do.
Phoebe serves as an example of a faithful woman servant who is empowered by God to serve…Women of the world…work as a servant unto God; Glorify God through all of your tasks, and He will remember you as a faithful servant. He will receive the Glory, and you and others connected to you will be richly blessed…