Ray Stedman – Daily Devotional – Friday, March 16, 2018

Topic: Helpfulness

A daily devotion for March 16th

Read the Scripture: Philippians 2:25-30
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. Phil 2:25
Ray Stedman Devotion March 15/2018
In verses 25-30 we meet Epaphroditus. Here is a man of different temperament from Timothy. Epaphroditus is the one who brought the gift from Philippi and the one who bore this wonderful letter back to the Philippian church. His popularity is evident from the fact that he was chosen by the church for this difficult task. We can gather from this letter that he was probably one of those affable, courteous, well-liked men whose natural disposition makes him popular and prominent in any group.

Paul says the quality he most appreciates in Epaphroditus is helpfulness. Notice he says, “I am sending back to you … my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my need.” All of this is spelling out a helpful disposition. “Brother” again speaks of that family life, a mutual source of life in Christ. My “co-worker” is a revelation of how they labored together in full fellowship and with a common interest. “Fellow soldier” is one who shares a common loyalty and adherence to the same cause as the apostle. He is the “messenger” of the Philippians. The word really is “apostle.” He is an ambassador, a representative of someone else.

Lord, I am captured by that spirit of helpfulness. I know it doesn’t come by any fervor of the flesh, a passionate flinging away of myself in some cause of my own making, but rather by that quiet dependence upon you, and a readiness in little things to be expendable for your sake.

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Life Application: ‘Random acts of kindness’ can be self-satisfying, even self-promoting. What is the contrasting source of a life characterized by helpful, un-selfconcious caring for others?
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