2 Corinthians 8:18 KJV
And we have sent with him the brother, whose praise is in the gospel throughout all the churches;
Paul tells us of three men whom he had sent to receive the offering of the Corinthians. The first was Titus but the other two, though we'll recommended, are not named. Over the years many have offered their opinions as to whom these were but those opinions, having no intrinsic evidence to substantiate them, are opinions after all.
Why the Apostle chose to name Titus both at the beginning and end of this commendation but not give the names of the others is a matter of speculation in and of itself. But it does remind me that our reward is not with the accolades of men but with the accounts of God. We may merely guess as to their identities. God is certain.
And Paul is not to be blamed for this oversight. Few in the Bible set a better example of care and appreciation of others as does Paul. He gives the names of a great many in every one of his epistles. Still one cannot help but realize that for every name mentioned there were a multitude of names that were not.
And that leave me with this;
- Are we actually so filled with ego that ours must be those whose names are called?
- Could it not be that the greatest rewards belong to those whose names only God remembers?