Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. (Romans 16:10, NKJV)
Most of us have been tempted at one time or another to be held up as notable in the eyes of others. The approval of men is very important to so. However, the man to whom Paul sent greetings is noteworthy, not because men approved him, but because Christ did. Apelles was tried and true in Christ. Elsewhere Paul reminds us “not he who commends himself is approved, but whom the Lord commends” (2 Cor. 10:18). Every day your faith will be put to the test, so be diligent “to present yourself approved to God” (2 Tim. 2:15). Although the Bible tells us nothing else about this Christian, his life teaches us to be in Christ and to remain true to Christ (Rom. 6:3-4). After all, in the end, the Lord’s approval is what really matters.