Epaphras: A Faithful Pastor
As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. (Colossians 1:7-8)
God called Paul to be an apostle. An apostle’s purpose is to start works and then set someone to carry on the ministry that he began. We do the same thing here at Word of Faith. We have established churches in California, Texas, Florida, all over the United States, and even beyond the states to parts of Europe and Africa.
Over the years, the Lord has put specific areas on my heart, where I established a church and later put someone in as the pastor. Pastoring a church is not a simple task that can be handed over to just anyone. They must prove that they have been trained and well capable of providing for the flock. I'm blessed to be able to see so many called and anointed pastors rise from the training and teaching from Word of Faith who are thriving in churches we helped to start.
In Colossians 1: 7, Paul wrote about a man named Epaphras who met the qualifications of an overseer and whom he put over the church in Colossi.
First, we learn that Epaphras was a fellowservant. His heart wasn’t intent on the glory or the glamor of the limelight. He was a servant and served both Paul and the church. God is looking for leaders who are not afraid to serve others.
Second, we learn that he was a faithful minister of Christ. Not only did he serve Paul and serve the people, but he served Jesus faithfully. He ministered to the Lord with worship, giving, and doing the work of the ministry.
Third, we find that Epaphras declared to Paul all of the good things happening in the church of Colossi. He knew the state of the church and was well organized enough to comment on how the church was faring.
Practical Application – Look at the qualifications of Epaphras as a great leader and evaluate your own life. What can you do to step up to the plate and serve with more excellence?
Colossians 4:12; Philemon 1:23