I commend to you our sister Phoebe a servant of the church in Cenchrea. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been a great help to many people, including me.
This lady comes with a letter of reference, a credential given by Paul. She is a valuable person in the work of God and a servant to the Body of Christ. Treat her well, he says, in a way worthy of the saints. What does this mean? How would we treat a fellow believer in this situation? Certainly offering hospitality, whether that would be a bed for the night, a meal, or taking time to listen if they need to talk. There are marching orders here. Provide for those who are part of God’s work, who serve the Body of Christ. Be those who encourage. Be generous. Be a blessing.