TUESDAY, MAY 26
“Meanwhile, I thought I should send Epaphroditus back to you. He is a true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier. And he was your messenger to help me in my need.”
Philippians 4:25 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF CONNECTION: FRIENDS WHO UNDERSTAND US
A university student was seen with a large “K” printed on his T- shirt. When someone asked him what the “K” stood for, he said, “Confused.” “But,” the questioner replied, “you don’t spell “confused” with a “K.” The student answered, “You don’t know how confused I am.”
Life can be confusing and sometimes the greatest gift of friendship is someone who understands us. Earlier in the letter of Philippians, Paul tells us about Epaphroditus. In Philippians 2:18 Paul writes, “At the moment I have all I need—and more! I am generously supplied with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.” The church had sent Epaphroditus to Paul and they made a connection. Paul saw him as a “true brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier.” Paul felt like Epaphroditus got what it was like to be a Christian man, got what it was like to work together for the gospel, and got what it was like to be at war for the faith.
We all need someone who understands us and who we feel like has got our back. It’s easy to have a lot of acquaintances and not many soul friends. Paul identified three key areas of his life where he connected with Epaphroditus – a true Christian friend, a co-worker in ministry, and a fellow solider in the fight for faith. What three key areas do you think you need someone to connect with in your life? Can you think of someone you connect with in each of those areas? Chances are they probably need connection in those same areas.