"I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me."
As we read the Scriptures we find people who are examples of how Jesus has equipped us to live and commanded us to live. Epaphroditus is such a man, a man who used the resources he received from Jesus in order to live and serve as Jesus commanded him.
First, how did Jesus command us to live as His disciple?
Matthew 16:24, "Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
Luke 14:26, "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple”
(In other words, put Jesus above all other relationships.)
Luke 14:33, "In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple." (We must be willing to give up everything to be Jesus’ disciple.)
Epaphroditus put his life on the line to serve Paul, his God-given assignment. He almost died serving. He denied his own agenda in order to serve as the “helping hand” of the Philippian Church.
The Bible gives us an example of how we should be daily living. How are you daily living? Compare your life with Epaphroditus’ life. Are there any changes or growth you need to make? List the changes.
Begin trying to change expecting the Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill your act of faith with His power.
What would happen in your family if you began to live like Epaphroditus? What would happen in the church if the people of God imitated Epaphroditus? The church would make a great impact in the communities we live in.