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
Let’s look at Ephesians 6:21-22 and draw some observations. Paul mentions Tychicus to the Ephesians and lets them know that he sent Tychicus to them so they may know how Paul is doing and what he is doing. Tychicus was Paul’s courier. It was his job to ensure that the Ephesians received Paul’s letter as well as to answer any questions regarding Paul and his physical and spiritual well-being and to give them a glimpse into Paul’s life as to not only what Paul was facing in prison but how he handled it and what he did about it.
Although we don’t know much about him except that he’s mentioned briefly in Titus 3:12, Colossians 4:7-8 and here in Ephesians, Tychicus was extremely important to the ministry of Paul. I wonder if Tychicus realized how much impact his service in the body of Christ would have. Ultimately and decisively, because of the sovereignty of God, and secondarily because of Tychicus’ faithfulness the Ephesians received Paul’s letter. Not only that…You and I also received this letter almost two thousand years later. Tychicus was probably not concerned with being mentioned by Paul in the letter, much less that others like you and I would be reading about him centuries later. Tychicus was serving in the here and now. He was not trying to think of promotions in the future through Paul. Tychicus was faithful where he was at….exactly where God placed him.
The first observation I want to draw is how Paul describes Tychicus to those who would receive him along with Paul’s letter. Paul says Tychicus is a beloved brother. Beloved because Christ died for Tychicus and by saving grace, Tychicus received the gift of repentance from God. Tychicus took God seriously and was a committed believer to God who was committed to the church and to Paul. He was a friend of Paul and he was committed to the brotherhood that he and Paul shared. Are you a committed believer to God and his church?
Secondly, Paul says that Tychicus was a faithful minister. Paul could trust him with a task. Tychicus was committed, reliable, and trustworthy. Are you trustworthy to God first and foremost and also your leaders in church to handle tasks? Are you a good steward of the gifts that God has given you by grace to serve and build the body of Christ?
Thirdly, Tychicus was an encourager. That was one of the main reasons Paul sent him to the Ephesians – to encourage them. Can others in your local church body say that you are an encouragement to them? If you are gone from the gathering of the saints in your local church, will people notice? Will you be missed? Will people ask where you are because they are encouraged by you, your words, and your life?
Tychicus is an unsung hero. He delivered God’s word to a body of believers. He served faithfully and out of the spotlight. Can we also serve like him? With reverence to our God? With commitment to one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord? With faithfulness? As encouragers in the body? Without and without looking for promotion, spotlight, attention and front stage? Let us look at Tychicus and ask God to grace us with obedience like he did with Tychicus.
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