Romans 16:3-5 (NKJV)
“Greet Priscilla and Aquila…who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Likewise greet the church that is in their house…”
Here are two other examples of how to serve. Priscilla and Aquilla were co-workers together with Paul, and he remembered to thank them specially because of the ways they served with him. How? “They risked their own necks for my life.” Paul’s life was at stake and this couple risked their life to ensure that Paul was safe. Risk taking for Jesus may be commendable but risk taking for the sake of the brethren is certainly more commendable, because it’s risking your life for man and not for God. It seems more noble and laudable when we feel we are making great sacrifices for the Lord, but that does not always translate as being willing to do same for a fellow man. This wonderful couple were willing to suffer and die, for the sake of Paul; and that is extremely noble.
Let’s serve Jesus by taking risks for one another. Service that does not cost us anything is incomplete service. Service for Jesus that does not translate into a credible tangible service to our fellow man, is unacceptable service. Let’s not think of risk taking only when it comes to preaching the gospel or defending our faith. Let’s think of risk taking for the sake of the Church, for the sake of our brethren in Christ. Priscilla and Aquilla had a church in their home and they could have asked someone else to take the risk needed to help Paul, but they didn’t. They showed servant leadership by being the ones willing to die if necessary, for the welfare of Paul. Such an example. Oh! That we may be willing to suffer and sacrifice for one another – as a testimony of our love for Christ.
“Father, empower me afresh to be willing to make more sacrifices for my brethren. In Jesus name. Amen.”