I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus . . . whom you sent to take care of my needs.
Many charities that help people with various needs depend on donations of unwanted clothing and household items from those who have more than enough. And it's good to give away unused things so they can benefit others. But we are often more reluctant to part with things of value that we use every day.
When Paul was imprisoned in Rome, he needed continuing encouragement and the companionship of trusted friends. Yet he sent two of his closest comrades to help the followers of Jesus in Philippi (Philippians 2:19-30).
"I hope in Lord Jesus to sent Timothy to you soon...I have no one else like him, who will show genuine concern for your welfare" (verses 19-20). And "I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs" (verse 25). Paul freely gave to others what he most needed himself.
When we serve the Lord, He is honored, others are helped, and we are blessed.
Whatever we feel is "most Valued" in our lives today could be of great benefit to someone we know. It may be our time, friendship, encouragement, a listening ear, or a helping hand. When we give away what the Lord has given to us, He is honored, others are helped, and we are blessed.
Prayer for Today
Lord, show me what I cling to. If someone needs it, open my heart and my hands and help me give it away today. Amen.