“By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.”
as I consider him
Peter gave extensive thought to the kind of man Silvanus was. He was someone Peter could trust. No doubt, Silvanus was better educated than Peter. Peter was a fisherman, but Silvanus was a scholar. Silvanus wrote polished Greek. Yet, he willingly submitted himself to Peter’s leadership and faithfully served under him.
This man was a close associate of both Peter and Paul. They were the two greatest missionaries of the first century. Silvanus was, therefore, a common factor in the most impacting missionary enterprises of the world! The two mighty apostles found a man upon whom they could depend.
God divinely designs a second-place role for some people.
The church can never do without the kind of people like Silvanus. He was content to take second place. He willingly served in the background so long as the work of Christ advanced. Both Paul and Peter overshadowed him. He accepted the role of a penman of these two great apostles. He was faithful in that role. Every era of Christianity needs this kind of person.
Are you someone others can count on?
“Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).
You do not have to be brilliant to be faithful. God does not say, “Well done, you famous servant.” Silvanus did not say, “Peter, you ask me to be a mailman? No way. That is beneath my dignity. Don’t you realize who I am? I am a polished Greek scholar.” No, Silvanus carried the mail because he was faithful.
What is beneath your dignity? Show me someone willing to do anything for the Lord. I will show you someone God will use.