In Romans 16:7, the apostle Paul recognizes Junia as a “fellow prisoner.” Along with a person called Andronicus, he writes that they were “of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.” It sounds like Junia was a pretty popular apostle. She was faithfully serving God even before Paul was converted. And even though she is only mentioned once, the context in which she is mentioned says a lot about her.
1. Junia was persecuted for her faith in Christ. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. Jesus warned His disciples before He left them that they would “be hated by all for My name’s sake.” 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.”
To follow Jesus the Christ is to invite hate and persecution into your life. What would God have us to do in the face of violence and mistreatment because we believe in Him? He would have us to do as Junia did. He would have us to stand strong; not shrink back from the Gospel. He would have us to keep the faith, not deny it. He would have us to endure prison, persecution, and pain, instead of surrender the cross.