Claudia is the female version of Claudius, and yet another woman in the Bible who is mentioned by name only. In 2 Timothy 4:21, Paul writes:
Do your best to come before winter. Eubulus sends greetings to you, as do Pudens and Linus and Claudia and all the brothers.
From this verse, we can assume that Claudia was a Christian woman who supported the apostle Paul as he labored for the Lord and helped him in encouraging others.
1. Claudia was an encourager. After Paul yielded to the Lord and gave his heart and life over to Christ, he did not have an easy life. He boasts of his sufferings, saying:
Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
Amid all this suffering, it would have been easy for Paul to become discouraged and throw in the towel. But he didn’t. He kept fighting the good fight. He kept running the race. He kept the faith. What kept him from giving up? The Lord, certainly. But it was also the faithful support and encouragement that he received from Christian brothers and sisters like Claudia. When Paul wrote his letter to Timothy, he was supported and helped by Claudia and others who also encouraged young Timothy by sending him greetings.
The Bible instructs us to “encourage one another and build one another up.” A shot in the arm can do wonders for a person who is facing a tough time. A heartening word can cheer a depressed soul. Don’t be a discourager, be an encourager. Instead of tearing one another down with hateful, hurtful words and actions, let us engage in the Christ-like work of building one another up.