The British Dictionary defines hero as, “a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude; a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field”.
Heroes/heroines are men and women whose names are etched in history books and preached from pulpits. Men like Moses who led God’s people to freedom and David who killed a giant with a sling and a stone. Women like Sarah, the matriarch of the tribes of Israel and Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Heroes and heroines make history. They transcend generations. But what of the unsung heroes? The “behind the scenes” type people. The parents of the Moseses and Davids; the spouses of the Sarahs and Marys. Those such as Epaphras, Paul’s co-laborer in Christ of whom he wrote.
Colossians 4:12 states, “Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings. He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God. I can assure you that he prays hard for you and also for the believers in Laodicea and Hierapolis.”
Epaphras was a prayer warrior by all standards but a hero by none. He never parted the Red Sea or sat on the throne. But his name appears in the book of Colossians. The Apostle Paul, the man whom Christ chose to bring the Gospel to the Gentiles, a giant of the Christian faith, wanted you to know about him. Did you get that? Epaphras earned a place among Biblical heroes of old for his earnest and selfless prayers for others. Pause. Epaphras is immortalized in scripture because he prayed earnestly and diligently for others. Friends, I believe God is showing us something amazing here:
Whether you landed the starring role or the part of an extra. YOU are vitally important to God and the furthering of His Kingdom!
Be encouraged! God needs both Pauls and Epaphrases!