Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow solder, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick.
Why do good people get sick? We ask this question frequently. Epaphroditus was a good man. He was in the ministry and worked closely with Paul. Why would such a good man get sick? In verse 27 we read “For indeed he was sick almost unto death” and discover that he nearly died.
We ask the question “why do good people get sick?” many times when we see someone who is a wonderful person and who does many wonderful things, and yet they become sick. We know that everyone will pass away one day but why would they get sick? The question we are asking is not really the right question. When you really think about it there are enough crazy people, germs and junk in the world to kill us 1,000 times a day. A better question might be “Why aren’t we all sick?” Many times God has spared us. We never want to take it for granted that we will be protected and cared for; we want to be appreciative of that protection and realize that many calamities have passed by us. The best question to ask might be “What part can I play so that God can keep me and protect me in the middle of the crazy world we live in?” There is really no safe place on the planet except in the place called the “will of God” and that is a wonderfully secure place to be in.
But people do get sick and because there are so many ways for sickness to come we should never feel condemned if we get symptoms or never condemn someone else for their situation. Sickness is an enemy and we should fight it every way we can. And yet in verse 30 we discover why Epaphroditus got sick.
“Because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.” This is both a commendation for Epaphroditus and a reprimand for the Philippians. The Twentieth Century Version says, “It was owing to his devotion to the master’s work that he was at the point of death.” It appears that he overworked himself, did not take care of his body, did too much for too long and nearly died.
Even though we are children of God, have the greater One living inside us and have authority to use the Name of Jesus, we are still human and we live in a sin marred world. We cannot blatantly disregard natural laws day after day and month after month and then make up for it with some confessions and healing scriptures and go to a doctor for medicine or a medical procedure. We can, however, notice what happened to Epaphroditus. Can good people get sick? Epaphroditus was a good person and got sick. We are told that it was because he abused his body. Our body is so marvelously designed that it always fights those invaders that come into it to cause sickness. We can be assured that no matter what we do, our body will work to maintain health and energy. If we work against our body’s efforts it will work as hard as possible to keep up. However, after months and years of abuse it will eventually get overwhelmed and the sickness will take over.
Regardless of the sickness we may have contracted or how much trouble it has caused, our body will always try to regain health. Knowing that gives us lots of hope. If we do consume the right foods, rest, drink plenty of water, see ourselves well and stop the abuse we may see the sickness leave or at least stop progressing. Thankfully our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made and how to treat them well is important for us to know so that we can be healthy and productive for a long, long time.
One of the best places to look for this important information is Ask the Food Coach. Proper eating is simple but each of us needs to understand how to do that before we overwork our body’s defense systems. Each of us is valuable and has a very significant contribution to make and it is important that we finish our race and not get stopped too early.
Ask the Food Coach can help you decide what to put in your body and how it can affect your health either by maintaining a healthy body or returning your body to a healthy state. God wants us well; if we are abusing our body with tobacco, alcohol or the wrong food He will not be able to overcome our destructive habits. If you want to be sure you are making excellent choices just Ask The Food Coach to be absolutely sure you are choosing well.