21 So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.
Reflection On This Scripture
Paul sends Tychicus to the Ephesians to let them know how Paul is doing and what he is doing. Paul assumes that the Ephesians care and love for him. They are miles apart yet he wants them to know how he is doing and what he is doing that they may be encouraged. Paul and the Ephesians understood that they were members of one another and they were one in Christ. Although Paul was far away they loved each other. How much more should we love each other in our local body?
Paul was encouraged because of the good things he knew about the church of Ephesus and he wanted the Ephesians to be encouraged by knowing what he is doing and what he is doing. This was mutual encouragement at its best. Paul faced so many hardships because he sacrificed himself for the well being of the church. Although pastors in the western church may not be in nearly as much danger as pastors around the world who face severe persecution, pastors work hard to serve, love, equip and shepherd the church. Pastors give their time and dedicate their lives to shepherd the people God has entrusted them with.
Ephesians 5:21 encourages us to submit to one another and pastors and the flock are no exception to this. Submitting to one another is putting aside selfish desires for the benefit of another. I am blessed to see that the pastors of CityLights genuinely care for the sheep and put their wants and even needs aside for the church’s benefit. Pastors need the prayers of the flock and their encouragement because pastors are not super Christians. Pastors are 100% human and become discouraged and feel fears and battle with sin just like everyone one.
The Bible teaches that pastors have a responsibility to the flock and the flock to the pastors. Hebrews 13:17 states, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” Pastors watch over the sheep and will one day give account to Jesus for the sheep. It then says that the sheep should let them do this joyfully for if they groaned it would be of no advantage to them. In some way, in some degree (not to be compared to Jesus), the welfare of the church depends on the welfare of the shepherd.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13, Paul writes, “We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves” God desires that the believers in churches respect those who labor for them and admonish them and to be at peace with them. Paul was highly encouraged when the churches he ministered to esteemed him and cared for him. He was encouraged when he heard reports that they were doing well and were serving Christ faithfully.
Your pastors are encouraged when you let them know that you are praying for them. They are full of joy when they see the flock following Jesus faithfully! At the same time, your pastors are depending on the grace of Jesus to walk in a manner worthy of their calling in order to encourage you and build you up. Let us work together for the glory of God.
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