T is for Tryphena & Tryphosa
Romans 16:12 - "Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord."
Buried in the list of names at the end of Paul's letter to the Romans, is a pair of ladies that simply had a reputation as "laborers for the Lord." Most Bible commentators have suggested that these ladies were sisters, although the Bible tells us nothing more than their names.
Paul made special mention of them, though, when writing. I like to meditate on just what type of ladies these were, that made them so special as to be recognized and 'saluted' by the Apostle Paul. I'm sure they never sought for this recognition. I'm sure they were quite content to be in the background, laboring and helping the early church.
There are several verses that come to mind when I think of special people who are in their place, doing a work for the Lord. Though man may not notice, and they may never receive earthly gratitude, God knows and I believe He is pleased by their humble efforts.
1 Corinthians 10:31 - "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."
Colossians 3:23 - "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
The first thing that comes to mind when laboring for the Lord is that all our work is sacred. God has assigned us a task, and doing it heartily and completely for His glory is pleasing to Him. It doesn't matter if that work is mundane household work, or homeschooling, or fixing cars. If our attitude is one to please the Lord then we will do our work thoroughly and completely for Him and to Him.
Also, God is well pleased with humility in our labors. There is plenty of work to go around, especially when you consider ministry. God has called each one of us to minister and serve others, not just the pastors. If each Christian would just do their part, look around and see the need, and try to fill it, how much more could be accomplished for the Lord? How quickly this world could be reached for Him! We do not need titles or positions - we simply need to "labor" for the Lord and look to serve others. There are plenty of people out there who need to know God's love.
Like Tryphena and Tryphosa, I would like to be a lady who is simply known as one who labors in the Lord. My wish is that all my work would be done for His glory, and be a help to those around me. That is the goal I will work towards!