Epaphroditus was a guy mentioned in the book of Philippians. He was one of Paul’s helpers in the ministry whom Paul thanked publicly.
Epaphroditus nearly died but was spared by God, much to Paul’s relief. But this is not a story about healing, it’s a story about why this man almost died.
“Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.”
Epaphroditus almost killed himself doing the ministry that other guys should have been doing.
There is a saying that 20% of the church does 80% of the work, I have yet to see anything that would change those numbers. If anything, I’d skew those numbers to the worse.
Someone does the work of the ministry, and the faithful ones give way beyond what they should have to because unfaithful ones won’t turn over in bed.
Epaphroditus apparently did it without complaint, probably didn’t view it as Paul did, and was seemingly happy to serve Christ in this way. Perhaps his faithfulness allowed others to be lazy.
I don’t know. But the question is, which will we be? An Epaphroditus who gives all he has to serve or a normal Christian who takes it easy and lets the busy guy kill himself?