Philippians 4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
Paul commands, salute every saint in Christ Jesus. Every saint is important in God’s economy because every saint is in Christ Jesus. Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, had a concern for the churches of his day and the saints in particular.
Paul often names the saints in his epistles, commends them, and gives thanks for them. Paul never took the saints for granted, even the ones that gave him trouble. A salute, an acknowledgment in some way, shows the other person you think them worthy, that they have worth. To not salute shows contempt and pride within our hearts.
We are all shepherds to someone. Strange indeed for a sheperd to avoid sheep, to not help them, or to not even acknowledge them. Saints come in all varieties: family, friends and foes. All have worth. We need to be careful not to be a sheperd, either in position or influence, that neglects to salute the saints in Christ Jesus. There are saints all around us that need a salute: a smile, a handshake, a word of encouragement, or a listening ear.
So, Paul commands, salute every saint in Christ Jesus. We all are shepherds to someone. Let us be good shepherds in this regard. Let us not forget to salute every saint in Christ Jesus!
Lord Jesus, may we make it our habit to salute every saint in Christ Jesus.