“But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus — my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need —”
It was the Philippians who sent Epaphroditus to Paul. The NIV translates…
“who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.”
Paul was under what looks to be a house arrest in Rome so the believers in Philippi gathered supplies and sent Epaphroditus to bring a care package to Paul. But he did more than bring supplies,he brought a personal message of encouragement.
He also came as a minister.
Epaphroditus was clearly a gifted man of God who was trained and equipped to make a personal impact on the life of the apostle. Paul so valued this type of relationship that he would write about to the Romans: “that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12
Paul was lonely and he was in need. Epaphroditus brought a generous gift but he also brought himself and he sacrificially invested time to build a friendship with Paul of which the apostle was so grateful.
Thank You Father for those who bring gifts to our ministry and who also bring themselves and their gift of time and friendship. I bless You for them and your ongoing provision of both. In Jesus Name, Amen.