And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also…
The service of women to the cause of truth has been invaluable in all ages. The old Testament is full of it, and the Christian Church has always been blest with it. Women ministered to the wants of the Saviour, succoured the apostles, and contributed to the spread of the gospel in many ways.
I. WOMEN NOBLY ENGAGED. By both nature and position, woman has facilities and opportunities for work that men do not possess.
1. In the work of teaching. In the home, in the Sunday School, and in the mission hall, the services of pious women are conspicuous. Timothy was instructed in the Scriptures by his mother and his grandmother.
2. In works of benevolence. Charity is almost natural to woman. We read of Dorcas, who made garments for the poor.
3. In visiting the sick. Woman is the best visitor in the sick room. Her tenderness, and often her helpfulness, prove her fitness for the work. The life of Elizabeth Fry could not be written of any man. Nightingale, the songstress of mercy at the head of the ambulance corps, was another, whose ministry helped forward the gospel.
4. Mission work abroad. The missionary's wife is the mother of the tribe among whom she labours. In many parts of the world — for example, in India — the seclusion to which all women are banished precludes access to them except by woman.
II. SUCH WORK MUST BE ENCOURAGED. Like all workers, they need the heart and hand of the Church to support them.
1. Help them by sympathy and tenderness. Let them see that they share our full confidence. A word of cheer is helpful to those toilers. St. Paul was careful to greet them, and to acknowledge their services.
2. Supply them with the means of doing good. They often want relief for the poor, which they cannot supply.
3. Pray for them.
4. Bear your share of their burden. Take upon you the heaviest end of the work.
Parallel VersesKJV: And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.