Romans 16:6-8 – “Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us. Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellowprisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.”
Think of someone who has worked hard to help you accomplish something. What did they ask for in return? How did you thank them? What kind of labor do you think Mary performed for Paul and his companions? What kinds of volunteer work have you done? Does Mission work fall into this category? Paul mentions several “kinsmen” in this section of the epistle. Are they blood relatives, or brothers in the Lord? What difference would that make in this context?
Think of your relatives that you would NOT encourage others to salute. What can you do to change your perception of them, and your relationships with them? Paul calls Andronicus and Junia fellow prisoners. He was not a prisoner yet when he wrote this epistle, so what does this term mean? Why is it important that they were believers before Paul? Do you have someone you would call “beloved in the Lord”? What sets them apart from other loved ones?