Day 13 – January 18
Philippians 2:25-30(NLT) Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need. 26 I am sending him because he has been longing to see you, and he was very distressed that you heard he was ill. 27 And he certainly was ill; in fact, he almost died. But God had mercy on him—and also on me, so that I would not have one sorrow after another. 28 So I am all the more anxious to send him back to you, for I know you will be glad to see him, and then I will not be so worried about you. 29 Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve. 30 For he risked his life for the work of Christ, and he was at the point of death while doing for me what you couldn’t do from far away.
Here’s to the nobodies. Everybody wants to be somebody, but there are more nobodies who are somebodies in God’s kingdom. One of those is a guy by the name of Epaphroditus. We know about him, because Paul tells us about him and what kind of man he was. There are no books that we know of that he wrote, there are no statues built to honor him. Yet he was one of those who did what needed to be done even at his own expense.
From these few verses we know that he loved people. He was willing to take a risk by coming to Paul’s aid while everybody else left. Traveling from Philippi to Rome to see Paul in prison. Working so hard as to being exhausted unto death. But also, being trustworthy as Paul is able to send him back to the church in Philippi. No wonder Paul calls him, a true brother, co-worker and fellow soldier.
Unlike Timothy, he is not well known and Paul tells the Philippians to give him the honor that he deserves. There are many “Epaphroditusses” among us. Those who faithfully serve without fanfare or recognition. Those who tirelessly work in God’s vineyard and kingdom. Those who give when others hold back. Those who serve when others make excuses. Those who do it without expecting a pat on the back or a plaque on the wall. They do it because they simply love God and love people.
The Rock Church is full of these kinds of nobodies, who truly are somebodies! Thank you for being the nobodies in this house, because one day everybody will know what you nobodies have done behind the scenes and see you for the somebodies you are!
- Pray that the Lord will help you to see a need that you can meet, then meet it.
- Pray for those who so faithfully serve without recognition and be willing to be one.
- Ask the Lord to give you the kind of heart that would make you a true brother, a co-worker and a fellow soldier.
- Pray for the Lord to send more people into His field to gather the harvest that is ripe and ready.
- Pray that The Rock Church will be filled with people who are willing to use their gifts to grow God’s kingdom and serve others.