There are so many bible heroes that are well known–Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and a host of others–but Paul opens the book of Colossians recognizing another Epaphras. Not only was Epaphras pivotal in the building of the church in Colossae, but he also ministered to Paul while he was in the prison in Rome–he almost died. Paul saw in this man a servants heart and an evangelist’s passion. Epaphras was the kind of missionary Paul was glad to see at work.
‘What kind of bible hero would we become. Well to be great, one need only to become a servant. Epaphras was not known for his great speeches. He was not remembered because of his great writings. Epaphras was known for his faithfulness and servant’s heart. He was willing to lay his life down to serve others. We have to have the same willingness. When we walk like Epaphras walked and serve like he served, God only knows the impact we can and will have for the Kingdom. So here’s to Epaphras–an unsung bible hero.
God Bless You
3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant,[c] who is a faithful minister of Christ on our[d] behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,[e] 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[f] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.