Some people we read about in the Bible we don’t have a clear picture of their character, but we can see their actions and how they respond to situations. One of the people we read about in scripture is the servant girl Rhoda. The only thing we really know about Rhoda is that she serves in Mary’s house. It would also appear that she was a follower of Christ.
The only time Rhoda is mentioned in scripture is once in the books of Acts:
Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant girl named Rhoda came to answer the door. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!” “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.” – Acts 12:13-15
The picture that we see in this passage is that Mary’s house is full of praying believer’s, seeking the face of God. I’m sure they were interceding for Peter. While everyone was in prayer Rhoda hears a knock on the outer entrance door and goes to answer the door. Rhoda then hears a familiar voice, it is Peter (Apostle Peter) and she became so over-whelmed after hearing the voice of Peter that she ran inside the house to tell everyone! I love the response of everyone. You’re crazy Rhoda it’s just an angel you are hearing, but she continues to insist that it was Peter at the door. Then finally they hear Peter knocking on the door and they see for themsleves who is at the door. It was Peter!
A couple things stand out as I read this story:
#1 The servant girl must of built relationships with others (She wasn’t passive relationally when around people.) or been around Peter a lot. For her to recognize his voice without opening the door communicates to us that Peter must of ministered at Mary’s house on a regular basis. Rhoda must of been a regular part of this church and committed to those in the body of Christ.
#2 Rhoda was confident and persistent in what she believed. She wasn’t a passive servant girl, but one who stood strong on what she believed. This is a needed mentality in the church today. We need to be confident in who we are in Christ and persistent in communicating Biblical truth to edify and build the body of Christ.
#3 Without stretching out this story too far, I believe that she was a woman of prayer. We see in this passage that the church was gathered together in prayer for Peter and Rhoda was also there. We could say that Rhoda was their doing her job, but her excitement after hearing Peter’s voice was so large, I believe she was there praying, also. It would be as exciting as praying for God to help us in a difficult situation and in the middle your prayer God brought the provision. Who wouldn’t be excited!
As we look through the window of Rhoda’s life we see just a glimpse of who she was, but we must not forget the huge role that she played in the life of the body of believers. She was a key person in the life of those who were part of the church that met in Mary’s house. It’s the servants of the church that get the job done. Without the servants the main leaders would not be able to do their job.