"...just as you learned it from Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf, and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit." - Colossians 1:7-8 NASB In an interview with Jane Pauley on the CBS evening news, actress Holly Hunter said, "even very ordinary people, upon close examination, can often look extraordinary." She went on to recall how she had played a lot of "every day people" who simply don't have a camera pointed at them. All too often as we read the scriptures we convince ourselves that the people we read about are in some way extraordinary. The truth is they are just ordinary people that happen to have a "camera" trained on them. When Paul writes (with Timothy mind you) to the church of Colossae it would serve us well to remember that Paul never meets these people. Paul did not deliver the message that served as the catalyst for their conversion. Paul is merely a custodian of a faith already produced. However, as the camera pans the person that does come into view is a rather obscure figure named Epaphras. Credited with this great work, we never hear his name mentioned again and yet he was the one responsible. Epaphras is forever immortalized in scripture as a "faithful minister of Christ." It's easy to feel as though the real work of being a Christian is or should be left to the professionals. But this is merely an artifact of business that has crept into the church. God has proven throughout history and specifically in scripture that He uses the weak things, the unexpected things, the obscure, the ordinary to do that which is extraordinary! If we will be faithful, God can and will use us to do extraordinary things. Who knows, like Epaphras, it may be planting a church of people who serve Him with all their hearts showing love and faith to those all around. Questions to Consider:
Who were the "ordinary" people in you're life that led you to the extraordinary journey of following Jesus? Are you living an extraordinary life for Christ even if no one sees it?