July 4: Serving in Your Place

Scripture Reading — Philippians 2:25-30

“Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me (to serve me in your place).” (Philippians 2:30)

Epaphroditus, whose name means “the beloved,” was sent by the church of Philippi to minister unto Paul and to help him in the work of the Gospel. He took their place and did for Paul what the church of Philippi could not do.

Not all are called to go, but all are called to send a substitute or to stand behind those who are called, by their prayers and by their moral and financial support.

This “beloved” of the Lord, Epaphrodites, became very sick, even unto death. Paul knew how his loved ones would grieve if he died. Not only that, but Paul felt the responsibility for his life and that he should not die under Paul’s care. Just like you feel responsible for all the souls who journey with you to the nations of the world and to Israel. Did I not promise Paul in the stormy seas, through My angel, “and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee”? (Acts 27: 24)

I have given you this promise for those who labour with you. That, like with Paul, “I may have mercy on you also, lest you should have sorrow upon sorrow.” For many whom I send you will “not regard their life,” will work recklessly and foolishly and dangerously to serve Me in your place, for you cannot always go to these places and more. And I will spare them as I spared Epaphroditus, that they may return to you in joy again.

 

 

Daily Preparations for Perfection by Gwen Shaw
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