Paul Held Great Esteem For Epaphroditus

Esteem

Another shining example of Servanthood was Epaphroditus who also had a deep concern for his friends at Philippi (vv. 25-30).  Since the church had sent Epaphroditus to bring gifts and money to Paul they probably intended for him to stay and assist Paul indefinitely. However, Paul choose to send him back to them. Since being in Rome Epaphroditus had suffered an illness where he almost died. Paul praised God for His mercy in restoring Epaphroditus to good health. He knows that the people in Philippi had heard of his illness and was worried about him so he wants them to see that he is ok. He proves to us that the joyful life is the life of sacrifice and service.

This section challenges us to Christ-centered living. It is so easy to seek the things which are our own, and not ‘the things which are of Christ Jesus’. Epaphroditus’ willingness to serve the Lord is readily apparent in these verses. While he is so seriously ill, his thoughts are not for himself but rather for his dear brothers and sisters in Christ in Philippi. Paul wanted the Philippians to receive Epaphroditus with great joy and appreciation for his faithful ministry on their behalf and with gratitude to God for preserving his life. He wants them to esteem him because of his spirit of laying aside his own comfort and convenience for the cause of Christ (v. 30).

Application

Lord help me to not be a person who seeks praise myself but someone who is looking to meet the needs of others and how I can build up their esteem

Philippians 2:24-30 (English Standard Version)

And I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also. 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, for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 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. I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

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