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Busy For The Work

But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 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. I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.” - Philippians 2:24-30 I have weeks that are busier than some, and I had an even busier week than usual one summer. In preparation for this particular week, I was asked to do something I had never done before. I received a call from my dad and he advised me that he had set up a special speaker for Vacation Bible School (VBS). I was happy that he had found a speaker, and I asked him who he had found. He responded with a name that sounded a lot like mine. I shook my head in disbelief, and I stood silent for a couple of seconds. I had agreed to drive the bus for VBS, but I was taken aback by the notion of being a special speaker. I had never had the opportunity to preach to kids and teenagers as the main speaker, and this really wasn't my forte. Each day that week started for me at 6:30am and ended around 12:15am or so. I got up and got ready, drove to work, and then headed home, changed and drove to VBS. I hung out a bit at VBS and then got ready to give the message. After the message, I helped on the bus and returned to church after all the kids were dropped off. I grabbed a bite to eat with my parents and then headed home. My home responsibilities did not dissipate, so there were still things that needed to be done. I ended my night as I most often do in my massage chair and then hit the hay shortly after midnight. I could not preach Friday night VBS because of Freedom That Lasts and my weekly commitment to the ministry at our home church. We got home around 11:00pm on that particular Friday, and I was spent and ready to just crash. I was glad the week was over, and I looked forward to the three day weekend I had planned.  I am thankful that God allowed me the strength to get through that week, and I was glad to be used of God. Although I was weary, I definitely was not "nigh unto death" like Epaphroditus. I took my daily dose of vitamin C, and I ate quite well throughout the week. I think back to my unusually busy week, and I admire those who do that every day, all day. I think of Epaphroditus and the testimony his life was. He was such an instrument of help to Paul and aided him as he turned the world upside down for Christ. I have never been so engulfed in the work of the Lord that I was nigh unto death, but I am moved by Epaphroditus’ example. The passage does not speak of him wanting the spotlight or even a pat on the back, but it was Paul who praised him for his work and devotion to him and God.  Are you the type of friend that is a “...companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered...”? Do you seek to aid others in the ministry or do you cause division among the brethren? Do you minister to the needs of others? Do you work so hard for God that you would not even regard your own life? Do you try to get out of working for God or do you seek ministerial opportunities?  We all think we are busy, but God will be the judge of how we used our limited time. Will you be an Epaphroditus or will you be one who is too busy to help others? May we be found doing God’s work, and may we be willing to lose our life for His sake that we may find it.  Stay in the fight!  Saso

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