The mail comes about the same time each day, it’s rarely early and occasionally late, but about the same time. Getting the mail was once a big deal but now, not so much.
It’s not unusual for us to forget to check the mail and when we do to discover its packed.
USED TO BE
The mail used to be about letters from loved ones and good friends. It’s how people stayed in touch, but not anymore. In this era the cell phone has become our connection point. It makes calls, can email and text and facilitates all kinds of social media.
The Mail Box is less about personal correspondence and more about:
- unwanted catalogues selling every kind of thing
- flyers and shopping guides
- promotions, political stuff and propaganda
The mail box has become a wasteland of useless junk destined for the local land fill. How many trees in my lifetime have been sacrificed to produce the tons of junk-mail I didn’t request or want to receive?
A man named Tertius once wrote a letter that needed to be delivered. It was an important letter, the kind that made it into the cannon of scripture, and we know it as the book of Romans. In those days such letters were delivered by a brave and trusted messenger for the delivery was fraught with peril.
I know, Tertius didn’t write Romans, it was authored by the Apostle Paul. Actually, Paul verbalized the letter and Tertius wrote it down. In fact, he said so in Romans 16:22
“I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord.”
PAUL’S DELIVERY PERSON
But how did Paul get his important letter to the church in Rome? The letter probably originated in Corinth, a trip of nearly 1400 miles. The person delivering the letter would need to be extraordinary.
- unimpeachable character
- completely trustworthy
The person Paul selected to deliver his mail was a Christian, which makes sense. Also, the person was a deacon, a special servant of the church known for being dedicated to the Christian community and committed to advancing the gospel.
Who did Paul choose? Who had earned Pauls’ respect to compete such a long and dangerous journey? Who did he ask to deliver his letter to Rome?
It was a woman named Phoebe.
I love the book of Romans. It’s easily one of two or three of the most important writings in the New Testament.
The mail at my house is nothing to get excited about. Imagine going to the mail box and finding a letter from Paul.
Thank you Phoebe.