There have been billions of believers who have preceded us in the years since Jesus ascended to heaven. Through faithful service and dedication to the gospel, the faith initially given to the apostles has been guarded and advanced, eventually being handed down to us. This is the legacy we all aspire to: that if in two generations nobody remembers our names, they would know the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus because of his work in us. In Philippians 2:19-30, Paul highlights two men who did just that.
Pastor Boyd pointed out on Sunday that we don't know much about Epaphroditus other than what is mentioned in Paul's letter. There are few historical records of him. Surely his name doesn't mean the same to many of us as the names Paul, Peter, or James. However, this doesn’t mean that his role in church history is diminished. No matter what he did in the context of his local congregation, he was a part of the gospel going forward.
This can be of great encouragement to us. There are several Christians in recent history whose names we may know, but for every one we know, there are thousands of whom we have never heard. Just as they did, we labor to see the gospel move forward in our families, friends, and neighbors. We may not always get to see the fruit; God is the one who brings the increase of the harvest (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). Because of this, it can be hard to see things in the bigger picture. Ultimately, there is great joy in our God being magnified and Jesus being glorified for generations to come, and in seeing the fruit of our faithfulness in the new heaven and new earth.
While it can be hard to imagine how to get started in serving in this way, the District Church has many needs and opportunities to serve others selflessly. If you aren’t already serving faithfully, join a serve team. Being around other believers and being a part of what God is doing in the District Church together will quickly become one of your favorite things.