10/1/19: Philippians 2:19-3:3; Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 24:13-14
As I read through Philippians today I was reminded of just how personal & concerned for his co-workers that Paul could be. First, we see him praise and acknowledge the value of Timothy. And then, touchingly, we see his personal concern for Epaphroditus & his health.
Philippians 2: 25 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. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
This reminds me that our mission to spread the Word of the Lord is our priority. However, we are never to forget those who work with us — their contributions and their needs.