Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.
Every person has a role to play in the kingdom of God, even mommas. In his personal greetings to the church in Rome, he made sure to include Rufus, affixed with the appositive “chosen in the Lord” and his mother. We don’t know her first or last name. All we know was that she was Rufus’ momma. But not just that, but she had a history of being a momma to the Apostle Paul. How cool is that? Paul made sure that, in all the personal greetings divinely inspired in Scripture under the direction of the Holy Spirit, his momma in Rome would get a shout out.
But seriously though, she must have had a significant impact upon Paul’s life. Here’s a man who had devoted his life to the advance of the gospel. How often in Rome did he need a momma’s home cooking, loving attention, and warm embrace? In the massive theological peaks of the book of Romans, we have an earthy, humanizing greeting to an unnamed woman devoted to the most ordinary needs of one of the eminents saints in all of church history.
She has been a mother to me.
She has loved me, fed me, clothed me, took care of me like her very own son. When I need a place to stay, her home is open to me. When I need someone to bandage up my bounds after being beaten and persecuted, her compassionate care attended to me. When I needed my garments washed and traveling gear cleaned, she got me where I needed to be.
Can’t you hear Paul saying that in these few words?
Praise God for Rufus’ momma! May God raise up momma’s like her throughout the body of Christ to make a profound impact in the advance of the gospel. Heaven knows the difference she made in the life of Paul, and so should we.