The account of Epaphroditus in Philippians 2 is a commendation and a challenge. He is a hero, but also an example as he nearly died for the Gospel by taking a huge risk. In the original, risking was used in gambling circles. It meant going all in. It meant wagering your entire stake. It was a sign of being reckless. Ancient writers also used it to refer to those who would minister to the sick or bury the dead. But Epaphroditus was not reckless, he just didn’t try to preserve his life. When you’ve died to Christ already, what’s your health really worth? Life takes on a whole new meaning. You realize there is much more to it than living.