The long greetings at the end of Romans make me envious. Here's this group of people distributed through the Roman empire, all committed to servicing Christ, risking there lives in many cases. They encourage each through through letters, pray for one another, and visit each other when in possible, but they know that in the mean time, they will do the work set before them. They sound like a missional people. I'm sure I'm romanticizing it, but wouldn't you want to be a part of a community like that?
I love the way excess is shared among this group as well. Paul writes, "If the Gentiles have shared in the Jews' spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings" (Romans 15:27). The Jews have spiritual treasures to share, and the Gentiles have material excess to share. A distribution occurs. Wouldn't you want to be part of making this happen?
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