Romans: Day 39

Greet One Another

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Today's Text: Romans 16:1-16, John 13:16, 1 Peter 5:14

Scripture Reading: Romans 16:1-16, John 13:16, 1 Peter 5:14

Of all of the roles I’ve had in my life, my least favorite, without a doubt, is “new girl.”

She’s clumsy and uncertain, always draining her phone battery with GPS directions to the grocery store and back home again. With brave intentions and shy tendencies, she’s perfected the art of introducing herself, yet allows her next-door neighbor to call her the wrong name yet again. She doesn’t know when trash pickup is or where to find the office break room. And her best friend, states away, knows she’s always on call for both late night and early morning pep talks.

I’ve been the new girl enough times to know what makes her feel welcome. Paul has a pretty good idea, too. After all, he could have easily ended the book of Romans with chapter 15, one of the biggest mic-drop opportunities of all time. Instead, he reintroduces us to the gift God gave us in each other.

After “amen,” Paul continues on with a crucial reminder: we are not alone. He introduces us to his friends by name, explaining their significance and telling us why we’ll love them.

Phoebe, whom Paul reminds us is already our sister, is on her way to Rome (and may be the one carrying his letter!). He encourages us to befriend her and take care of her during her stay. Priscilla and Aquila, more dear friends, put themselves on the line for our buddy Paul. So, of course, we’re honored to greet them and their church. The list goes on and on, and as it grows, Paul continues to build up God’s people with encouragement, delivering each name as a lifeline to the full body.

In this intimate portrait of Paul and his fellow believers, we see a lasting truth: The body of Christ is a built-in reminder that redemption is an extraordinary reality for everyday people.

It’s easy to misread the Bible as “The Book of People Who Had It All Together,” when really, there’s only one Hero in this story. The simple truth is that we all need Jesus, and we all need each other.

In Romans, Paul emphasizes that God’s plan is good news. But his writing isn’t just for well-versed theologians—it’s for ordinary, faithful people living in small, unseen obedience. It’s for us. If you are in Christ, your name is written there among the greatness and glory of God’s plan.

Here in our temporary home, we never stop being the new girl who needs to relearn grace and remember truth. But praise the Lord—we don’t have to do it alone.

Greetings, friends. And peace be to all of you who are in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:14).

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  • So easy to skim through parts of the Bible with lists like this. But today Paul’s greetings almost brought me to tears. What love for his friends! His encouragements are a great example.

  • Another chapter I tend to skip over that you brought a totally new meaning to Kaitlin! Thank you to the entire SRT team for a great series!!

  • Great reminder to encourage one another today!

  • If you all don’t mind, can I ask this SRT community to lift up my husband in prayer? Please pray that the Lord will provide my husband with a job, he’s been looking for more than a year now. Life hasn’t been easy with just me supporting a family of 5. I thank God for this SRT community where we can feel safe to share and pray and support each other.

    • Kat

      Praying

    • KatieCar

      Praying for an amazing job, friend!! Keep on working hard and don’t be discouraged in the meantime!!

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      Praying for you and your husband, Connie. Thanks for inviting us into this. xo

    • Mari

      Connie, I know EXACTLY what you’re going through! It’s been over three years since my husbands had a full-time job. He currently has a small part time job. And yes it can be discouraging. And of course all the stress that goes with that. However, I’ve witnessed God’s faithfulness to our family. The Lord has provided in the most amazing ways. God will take care of you and your family as HE has taken care of mine. Do you mind if we pray for one another that our husbands will find full-time jobs?

    • churchmouse

      Praying for a job that will abundantly meet your financial needs and be satisfying to your husband. And soon! Let’s pray big because God is!

    • Beth

      Connie, I’m praying that God will bring your husband the right job for him and your family. Also that God would draw you and your husband near to him as you go through this time together.

    • Nikki

      I’m praying right now, Connie.

  • Grace in abundance to this community!

  • Tochi Heredia

    Full of thanks for this community today!
    I mention your faithfulness and your encouragement to everyone around here.
    Love and peace be with you all. Heartfelt greetings from Cordoba, Argentina!

  • Carol Gunckel

    Greetings to each of you my SRT sisters in Christ! May we always know, we are never alone, Christ is always with us. Blessings dear sisters!

  • ssbbaker

    I’m about to be the new girl again.. and I’m terrified. I have this idea in the back of my mind that I can only grow in the Lord if I’m challenged, so I’m constantly the new girl. But then instead of leaning on Him like I should, I just wind up sad and lonely. I don’t know how to fix this. I feel like this new season I’m about to step into is so God-given, but as a very social person, I feel like I know the sad feelings awaiting me and I’m dreading them.
    But our Lord is faithful. He will strengthen me and help me. Praying that we all would recognize this and lean into the hard times today, expecting that our God will show up.

  • Virtual hugs and greeting kiss from Southeastern Oklahoma!!

  • I wonder what Paul would think of this community! To connect with his friends and fellow believers via letter took weeks if not months. And look at us now! Believers all around the world joining together to worship, praise and glorify God. To encourage, pray and lift each other up. To ever increasingly know the One who rescued us. All on the same day! Amazing!
    So my dear friends of the SRT community, I lift a special prayer for all of you, in thanksgiving and petition that the Lord would bless you here and in your corner of His awesome plan!!!!!

    • Kaitlin Wernet

      YES. Totally agree with you, Kim. Thanking God for the beauty of this community today. xoxo

  • Diane Huntsman

    Perhaps we need to lift our eyes from our phones and our own lives to look beyond ourselves and see who needs to be greeted.. who can we befriend today that needs to know they matter? Who needs to be hugged and spoken words of life into their parched souls? I know I’m not on the look out near enough because I’m usually to self focused to be looking.. painful seasons can accidentally turn into consumption with self seasons.. I’m first to admit that.. but our sufferings are meant to drive us to Jesus to find what we need in Him so that we could in turn be that comfort to the other girl that suffers pointing her to her very present help in time of need aka Jesus.. my eyes are open today to the one I need to greet. You too? xo

  • SRT ladies, please forgive me for the comment I posted yesterday regarding community. I did not mean to sound condemning at all. I love this community and would never wish to hurt anyone with my words. You all encourage me every day. Thank you!

  • Kristeen

    This is exactly where I’m at right now. I’ve been the new girl many times the last few years whether it be new to church or job or ministry, etc. But now we’ve moved to a whole new state, knowing no one, and staying home with two toddlers (so I don’t have that workplace environment where I can meet people). I’m struggling a lot more than I thought I would with being new. I loved the part about embracing grace and holding onto the truth. This is a theme God has kept throwing at me lately!

    • Cate

      I am right there with you! Stay at home Mama to two toddlers..just moved to a new city. It’s definitely out of my comfort zone! Praying for you and me to both find a few friends. I’m joining MOPS in the Fall, so crossed fingers! <3

    • CC

      I’m about to be in your position also (minus the kiddos), as my husband and I move states! I’ll be praying for community for both of us (and you too Cate!) and for patience as we wait, knowing that God’s grace sustains us and that we are not alone!

  • Prayers please? I’m starting my own business!

    https://m.facebook.com/thefurniturerescue/

  • Gerda M.

    Holy Kiss from a new girl from the Netherlands. I love the way of explaining this Roman passage of today. It’s an Eye opener which I may share in our Bible circle. Thank you for such an amazing insight. God bless you all.

  • churchmouse

    “We all need Jesus and we all need each other.” That’s fact and truth, right there. We all need our posse of Jesus’ girls who have our back and kick our backside sometimes. We don’t sit around the campfire singing Kumbaya but we gather round a kitchen table and study His Word and do life together. Sweet hard fellowship. Yep. Good stuff.

    • Brenda

      Amen! Thankful for that group of women that will be honest with me. We share in the good times and the bad times. Thankful for that kitchen table, churchmouse!

      • Jesus Girl

        Amen sisters!! The constant honestly spoken between us and delving into God’s word, from Genesis to Revelation, still can’t wait to understand Revelation, is so amazing! Churchmouse, our fearless leader is such a God send! Please, seek out Christian friends to study the bible, I promise, it will change your life! Yep. Good stuff! Praying for all of you!

  • Kristine L

    Such a beautiful message as I get ready to head back to school. Last year I was the New Girl on the team, and it was so hard. It didn’t help that I showed up determined to be King of the Mountain, only to find myself quickly dumped off my raft and treading water! What a vulnerable place to be. But Grace threw me a life preserver. This year there will be a different New Girl, and I pray that I can be a welcoming presence to her, a light shining on the hill, extending just as much grace as was given to me.

    • Emily B.

      What an awesome way to take your experiences and use them to help others. I pray your welcoming attitude is just what your New Girl needs.

  • Laura Lee

    In 40 years, over three continents, several countries and many states, God’s precious body has made me know I am home everywhere they are. That sense of Him in others and knowing I belong with them in Him is more familiar than the back of my hand. What a blessing this morning to enjoy Paul’s friends through his tender expressions and look forward to our eternal reunion. Earthly transitions pale, although my 5-year old granddaughter is dubious. She says about heaven, “Hmm. I think I like earth better.”

  • Beth in Virginia

    I have just started going to a new church. After being so active in our former church for so long I’ve forgotten how hard it is to be the new girl at church. It is really hard for me, but also very good. I’m finding the body to be very welcoming and friendly and I’m learning how very important that is. It is easy at church to just talk to your friends and give the obligatory welcome to visitors. It feels so good to have them actually take an interest in me and remember my name and our conversation the next week. I hope I never lose the sense of how it feels to be the new girl b/c I know that there are ones that will follow me and I can greet them!

  • Elisabeth7291

    I have rarely been the new girl, but this is such a wake up call to be that warm hospitality when there is one in my midst. So…. I’m ever so late in extending an invite to someone new in my community. Rectifying that right now!

  • Milly Ann

    I’m currently surrounded by suitcases and piles of things to either pack or get rid of before I get into an airplane and leave the home I’ve built over the last 2 years for a new place, a new home, and new experiences. I will once again be the new girl. And I tell you the truth, sisters, It is so hard being the new girl. I live a sort of nomadic life. Moving between school, my parents’ house, other countries, and back and forth all over again gets really exhausting. Just the other day I was crying out to God how I didn’t want to start again. All over again. Meeting new people, being overwhelmed by not knowing anyone in the room, being expected to say something wise during bible study….
    And while I know that this life I lead, the ministry God has given me and the race He has set before me is His plan for me, somedays, particularly on the days when I feel really new, I want to quit. I want to stay home and binge watch Gilmore Girls. And I am always afraid of falling into that when I have to pack up and go to a new place for a somewhat-known but really uncertain about of time.
    But what this study said today? That’s what keeps me going. In every place I have gone when I have felt down and like I was drowning in loneliness, The LORD has given me the body. The LORD has provided brothers and sisters who have welcomed me with open arms. The Church is what has kept me going when I’m far from family or far from comfort.
    And today, this encouraged me so much. Going through these transitions is so hard, but I know his presence will get me through it. And on the days I’m having trouble feeling His presence, He gives me his people. Every. Time.
    He is so faithful to provide just what I need when I am new and feel alone.
    Thank you for this devotion, the LORD used it in my life today to bring me so much peace.

    • ValriAnne

      I just wrote your name down in my calendar so I can pray for you and your journey. He is faithful. In the hard times remember all the times where God has shown up in the past. He won’t let you down on this next venture.

    • "Other" Karen

      Thank you for being willing to let the Lord use you! Praying for many blessings during this move and time of transition!

    • Jenny

      Prayers to you Milly Ann! You are never alone! God is bringing you down a new path for a reason!

    • Tricia C

      Praying for you Milly Ann. Please be sure and keep us updated on everything. Xoxo

  • Karen From Virginia

    This reading and devotional reminds me of my church families over the years. I understand being the new girl and the beauty of being apart of the Body of Christ., even with its flaws, it’s the Bride. It’s where God says we belong.
    I was also the new girl in a new church after I married. I’ve learned how essential it is to belong, have friends and have purpose– a purpose bigger than myself.
    Grateful.

  • Greetings and peace to all of you!!

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