I think sometimes we wrongly think that the only people who make a difference or have “impact” for God are the “professionals.” You know, the pastors, evangelists, worship leaders, authors, etc.
Sure, as Christ Followers we’d never say that out loud; but we think it and often act and even live like it. We know the passages in the Bible that talk about every part [or person] of the “body” [or church] being important; but we often equate ourselves as the “pinky toe” – you know…necessary, but usually not seen (except in season).
I read a verse today that reminded me that, in addition to the “professionals”, it’s regular folk that make a difference or have “impact” for God – in some cases even greater than the pros.
Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings.
Here, at the end of his letter to the churches in Rome, Paul mentions a bunch of specific people to greet and also lists people who send their greetings. For whatever reason, Erastus’ job is listed instead of simply calling him a fellow worker, friend, or brother.
Honestly, when I first read this, I thought Eratsus was the sewer coordinator for Corinth; but a check of the Greek shows that he was the city treasurer. At any rate, dude was not a church “professional” as we usually categorize people.
Anyway, Erastus’ job title just struck me and reminded me that we all are important and contributing parts of the body of Christ.
REMEMBER: It’s not just for the “Professionals”
– Dennis…just a regular, old, security [φύλακα] dude.