Paul’s letter to the Philippians brings into focus some of the differing roles we serve in as God’s children.
We have seen how Epaphroditus was Paul’s sibling, fellow servant (co-worker) & fellow soldier.
All, & each, of these roles, responsibilities & relationships shapes us as individuals & as the body of Christ.
We are part of the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-14) & we live & serve as part of that body together.
Siblings, servants & saints making up the Body of Christ as saints of the Most High God. Hallelujah!!
A recap & some further reflections on siblings, servants & soldiers today.
I have thought it necessary to send to you our brother Epaphroditus, who has worked and fought by my side and who has served as your messenger in helping me. Phillippians 2:25 Good News Translation
We are intimately connected & linked together as the Lord’s people.
Firstly, intimately linked to Christ who is the head (Colossians 1:18), source & strength of all that we are. |
We are also intrinsically & intimately linked to one another. One body with many parts (1 Corinthains 12:20).
Each part being important & contributing to the overall functioning of the body.
We need Jesus & we need one another for growth & development in the Christian life.
Dependant on the Lord & interdependent upon one another. SELAH
These relationships & dynamics start the moment we enter into life & new birth ‘In Christ’.
Like much of the Christian life it is a combination of God’s sovereignty & man’s responsibility.
The Spirit of God leads the process, but it requires our partnership & ongoing cooperation.
We need to work at & develop our relationship with the Lord & with one another.
As we do so we grow & mature as individuals & as a community of the Lord’s people.
This will likely take a lifetime to master but love is the key that fosters & facilitates all this.
Loving the Lord & loving His people is the Jesus way that me must imitate & follow.
Humility & honouring others above ourselves are the way to follow Christ & move forward in His ways.
The body of Christ is made up of many siblings, servants & soldiers.
Each one with their unique & special part to play & contribute.
Different & diverse but all equally loved & valued by the Lord.
The key thing is that we are all contributing & doing all we can to fulfil the Lord’s call upon our lives.
We are one body, one body In Christ. None of us stands alone!! SELAH
- How am I developing my relationship with Jesus, the head of the body?
- In what ways am I deepening my relationship with my fellow siblings, servants & soldiers?
- Meditate upon what it means to be fellow siblings, servants & soldiers in the Body of Christ.
A song related to this theme:
Thank you that You call each one of us into your family through Christ,
And that You have assigned each one of us a uniquely important part & function to play.
Jesus thank you that you are the head of the body,
The source, strength & resource for all we are & do.
Holy Spirit keep me humble & help me to honour & respect others,
Faithfully serving you whilst supporting my fellow siblings, servants & soldiers.
This I ask in Jesus mighty Name.
Written by Gareth Jones