Philippians 2:28

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.

He was sent home carefully by Paul and was to be received joyfully. Such people deserve to be trusted respectfully. It is right for us to honor those who do what we can’t do, or go where we can’t go. In Epaphroditus’ service he was unreserved. That kind of person will give their lives for the sake of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the kind of person who will work for God in all kinds of weather. He served with dignity, labored faithfully and represented the interests of others gladly. Paul did not look at the sickness of Epaphroditus with uncaring eyes or dismiss it as something unimportant. These examples of those who had the mind of Christ are given so that we will not look carelessly or with indifference on our calling.

It is there when one is missing.
It is there when time has lapsed.
It claims all our thoughts possessing –
It is hard our cares to cast
On the One who bears our burdens;
Bids us rest in Him content –
Even though the spirit urges
Trust, it is our bent –
To lay down our cares and worries,
And then pick them up again;
Justifying our anxious scurries –
Changing nothing in the end.

Why not listen to the voice of reason?
Better yet, why not act in faith?
When opportunities come – seize them;
Take your time – don’t act in haste.
There is One who loves supremely,
And has bid us trust in Him.
Leave your anxieties on Him wholly,
Knowing He knows all of them
And it will in the end be right –
For He has passed through, as a Man,
Similar things as your present plight,
And will deal with them as God only can.

“Uncertainty is still causing anxious thoughts Father. I know these things can work together for good to those who love Thee and are called by Thee. The decline of numbers here; the decline of health in those close to us; whether to respond to the invitation for Gospel meetings – these all are known to Thee: I cast these burdens on Thee and remain at rest, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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