for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me. (Philippians 2:30, ESV)This is why they ought to honor Epaphroditus. His obedience nearly led to his death, and he did this on their behalf. What more could be said? Paul simply wants them to know the price that Epaphroditus nearly paid... the price he was willing to pay... on behalf of the entire Philippian Christian Community. They all could not come, but one came for them.
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you? (1 Thessalonians 2:19 -- ESV) Three things mentioned here... "hope" ... "joy" ... "crown of boasting" ... Hope - What does Paul have his sights set on? Joy - What is it that brings Paul joy? Crown of Boasting - That Olympic Wreath of Glory that is placed on his head? It is these people. It is his children in the faith. They are Paul's Hope and Joy and Crown of Glory when Jesus returns.