One Hit Wonders (Philippians 4:3)

I enjoy television programs and articles that spotlight “one-hit wonders.” The definition varies, depending upon the category, but the common theme is an artist who had a hit song or performance and never repeated the success. We all know of a great song that permeated the airwaves. The future seemed bright for the artist and then...nothing. There was no follow up recording and everyone wondered what happened to the artist.

Ever notice how often the Bible mentions a particular character only once? Euodia, Syntyche, Dorcas….just to name a few.  There are many more.  And although they are only mentioned once, the Holy Spirit recorded their names to remind us that each of them are recorded in the Book of Life.

And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.
Philippians 4:3

Perhaps their names are not associated with a grand or earth-shattering event, at least not in our opinion. But God does not see life and His creation as we see it and gives honor to people that we sometimes overlook.  Is there anything more important than to have your name recorded in God’s Book of Life? Millions of people had probably heard the Gospel and read the epistles by the time the Bible was put together, but only these few, mentioned once by name, made it into the pages. In this passage in Philippians, we are granted a small glimpse of their importance by Paul’s commendation of these women (Euodia and Syntyche) for their work with Paul in spreading the Gospel.

A one-hit wonder in the Bible is not a fleeting honor. It is an eternal blessing and recorded forever in God’s Word. Take the time to appreciate these great heroes of the Bible. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will meet them someday in Heaven and learn of all the great works they did to serve our Lord during their time on earth.

Blessings with Aloha!