25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me. – Philippians 2:25-30
Paul is planning on sending Epaphroditus, his co-worker in Christ to the people of Philippi. At one point, he was very ill and nearly died to work for Jesus. He risked his life to go above and beyond to help out a brother in Christ in need.
Lord, may we have the courage to follow you wherever that may lead us. Help us to take risks in the work of growing your kingdom.
Questions for Reflection:
- What things are you willing to risk your life for?
- Do you take faith-filled risks?
- Do you try to stand in the gap when there is a need?