Philemon 1:2 – to the beloved Apphia, to Archippus, our fellow soldier, and to the assembly in your house:
Tucked away in the New Testament is the tiny book of Philemon. Paul wrote it as he was sending back a slave, Onesimus, to Philemon, his master. Onesimus had run away to Paul, and Paul had obviously spent some time with him, built him up in the faith and was now sending him home, with a plea to Philemon to be gracious to him.
Apphia and Archippus mentioned here are thought to be the wife and son respectively of Philemon.
But what struck me as I read this verse was ‘the assembly in your house’. God’s church comes in all shapes and sizes – from massive mega-churches to the tiny house churches. And here is a family that’s just getting on with the job – they’ve got a church that’s meeting in their home and Paul continues to pray for them and relate to them just as he does to the church in places like Ephesus and Philippi. In fact much of the language that is used in Philemon can be found in the letters to some of the larger assemblies too.
God’s into our faithfulness. Whatever work he appoints us to do, we need to do it with all our heart. Whether it’s a grand job or a small one – our privilege comes not from the title, but from the fact that we’re serving our Lord by doing it.