But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me. Phil 2: 25, 29-30
This is the only book in the Bible that we read about Epaphroditus. There is nothing to suggest that he was anything more than an ordinary guy. Nothing that states that he held any office in the church, no other ministry was spoken of. We don’t know his back-story. BUT Paul calls him a brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier. A messenger. A minister. One who almost died doing the work of Christ!
What can we learn from this ordinary person doing extraordinary things? Paul considered him:
I have been challenged this week to be selfless in serving others, to fight hard and to be trustworthy in the roles God has given me.
What about you? How does Epaphroditus’ life challenge you?
Rusheika is married to Joseph and a homeschooling mom to three boys and one girl. She seeks to be intentional in her walk with Christ and encourage others to do the same. She shares her journey at Hide and Seek.
Thank you, Rusheika!