The apostle Paul mentions two men in the book of Philippians who were important to that Macedonian city.
The first man’s name was Timothy, a person the apostle calls “likeminded.” In fact, Paul says there is no one as likeminded as Timothy. His purpose will be to care and help these people.
The other man’s name was Epaphroditus, someone who is only mentioned in this letter. It seems Epaphroditus arrived in Rome with help from the Philippians church and stayed to attend to Paul’s needs. In any event, he was someone the Macedonians loved (Philippians 2:25-28).
What is truly striking about the glowing remarks about these two men, is that the comments are included within the second chapter of the book, only a few verses from Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind (or attitude) be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
All of us should determine to live our lives in service to Jesus so that we may be named one day in the same way.