“Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”
“a bondservant of Christ”
Evidently when Epaphras came to Rome to visit Paul, the Romans arrested him as well. He was a “bondservant of Christ.” The word “bondservant” means a slave. He was not a slave of Rome but a slave of Christ (Rom.1:1; Gal. 1:10; Eph. 6:6).There were more slaves in the Roman empire than free men. A slave had no rights. Epaphras waved all his rights for Christ. He totally dedicated himself to the person of Christ. He was consumed with the cause of Christ.
Epaphras was a slave of Christ. Christ came first, not his church. Christ came first, not his denomination. Christ came first, not even his family. These things came in their proper order.
The Colossian church was his congregation (Colossians 1:7).
God expects us to serve him unreservedly.
Most of us are Christians of convenience. Christianity is a value to us but there is some question if we would be willing to give our life for it.
When we are willing to give our life for Christ, that is when Christianity means something. Christianity is more than ethics, civil rights, political rights, better housing or sanitation. These things do not constitute Christianity; they are the by-products of Christianity. We confuse by-product with the real thing. We cannot tell the real thing from imitation.
Christianity is a vital relationship with a person.