Philippians 2: 25-30 - Epaphroditus
Epaphroditus would be considered one of the "nobobies" in scripture. He never wrote a book in the Bible, nor is he mentioned anywhere else. He has never had a statue erected in his honor or become famous for his accomplishments. However, Paul called Epaphroditus a hero. In this passage, Paul uses five terms to describe him:
Epaphroditus made four decisions which each allowed him to give his very best:
1. He was a people lover.
Paul called him a minister. He longed for them (v. 26). He felt distressed, not by his own sickness, but because the Philippians might worry about him when he was sick.
Question: Do you long for people?
2. He was a risk taker.
Paul called him a solider. He risked his life for the sake of Christ (v. 30). He ran all the way from Philippi to Rome to meet Paul in prison, and he almost lost his life in the process.
Question: Do you play it safe?
3. He was a tireless worker.
Paul called him a laborer, the word of Jesus used in Matthew 9:37 when he described them as rare. All we know of his sickness was that it was due to his hard work for Christ.
Question: Do you work tirelessly?
4. He was a servant-leader
Paul called him a minister and a messenger: a servant who is a leader. He was a pioneer. He did the work no one else would do. Paul said to hold men like him in high regard.
Question: Do you lead the way in some area of service? Do you excel?