Role models are important in life. We remember individuals who were role models to us. This week we will look at Philippians 2. Four men serve as good role models for us. We will look at specific characteristics that make them good role models.
Today we will look at Epaphroditus.
EPAPHRODITUS’ EXAMPLE (Philippians 2:25-30)
25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 30 because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
Paul tells us that Epaphroditus was a brother, companion, fellow soldier, and messenger. He ministered to Paul. He is portrayed as a faithful servant. Paul tells the Philippians to receive with gladness in the Lord.
Can these character qualities be attributed to us? As we conclude this study, look at the character qualities and ask yourself, are these part of my life? Then ask God how He wants to develop these qualities in your life.
- Fellowship of the Spirit
- One accord
- One mind
- Look on the thing of others
- Bow the knee to Christ
- Confess Christ with your words
- Do not murmur or complain
- Shine as lights to this sin sick world
- Proclaim the gospel
- Minister to the brethren
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001