Summary: Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem. - Philippians 2:29 In this world there are constantly people being honoured for various things. Some are honoured for their contributions to governments, technology or so ..
Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem. - Philippians 2:29
In this world there are constantly people being honoured for various things. Some are honoured for their contributions to governments, technology or some human need being met. People esteem those who are success who at times are good at their trade or with hard work become popular in their field. Epaphroditus was being honoured and esteemed in the Philippians church not for his outward work in some trade or endeavour but rather his serving, suffering and being near death to promote the Good News of Jesus. It has been said that if God calls you to be a missionary do not stoop down lower to become a King in this earth. If we could see what really matters in the eyes of the Lord, that serving in the Gospel and suffering for Jesus Name is a thing to be esteemed because in heaven this is considered valuable.
Suffering is something most try to avoid and it rarely is esteemed as something good to seek after. Yet Epaphroditus choose the way of suffering so that he could serve and minister to Paul the Apostle. He became sick in his work for the Lord and almost died. Paul said of him that he was a fellow worker and fellow soldier. We as the Church need to esteem those who have suffered, been martyred or are presently choosing the way of suffering to promote the Good News of Jesus in this earth. Soon this earthly life will be all but gone. What will matter is Jesus and His kingdom. Each of us are given only 70 short years in this perhaps more, probably less. A life spent for God will never be regretted, follow Epaphroditus in his determination to serve the Lord with discipline and even suffering. God will give you the grace to magnify his Son.