How would you describe yourself in five words?

Week beginning: 25th September, 2016 | By Alan Taylor | Torquay

"I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs."

Philippians 2:25 (NIV)

Have you ever thought about Epaphroditus? The Christians at Philippi sent him to Paul while he was in prison with a gift (4 v 18) and it is clear how grateful Paul was for his help which nearly cost him his life (2 vv. 26-30).

Paul describes him in five ways: "brother, fellow-worker, fellow-soldier, messenger, servant" ("minister" in AV and RSV). What a tremendous Christian example he must have been to Paul, other prisoners and their guards – in other words, to people in great need and to people who had positions of responsibility and power over others. We Christian lawyers can do well to think about this description of Epaphroditus and see how our lives compare with his.

What a blessing he was to Paul! Let us, too, try to be a blessing to all whom we know who are in need. Let us pray each day for God's help in the tasks which lie ahead and in the opportunities for service for the Lord which our professional life can bring.

Prayer Points:

1. Ask the Lord to show you ways in which you can serve Him and your fellow-workers in the gospel this week, and to be open to His leading.

2. Give thanks to God for those we partner with, especially in East Africa, for their example of service and blessing to others, often in difficult circumstances.