The end of New Testament epistles are reserved for personal greetings, comments, closing observations and benedictions. It is one of those personal closing observations in Ephesians that caught my eye during my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord”…
Apostle Paul is in prison and cannot visit the churches he planted in Asia. As he closed out his letter to the churches near Ephesus, he included this bit of information… “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. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.” (Ephesians 6:21–22; Colossians 4:7-9 ESV)
Tychicus was with Paul during his first Roman imprisonment. He served Apostle Paul’s needs there. Here Paul says he was entrusted to deliver Paul’s epistles to the Ephesians and Colossians and to bring news of the apostle to those congregations.
As I read Paul’s comments about Tychicus this morning, I asked myself who is a “Tychicus” to me – who would I identify as “beloved fellow Christians” and “faithful ministers in the Lord” to me? Every person who has a key leadership role in ministry needs a “Tychicus” or two (or 3 or more)! Faithful people, dedicated to the Lord, the cause of the gospel, and those they serve. Given a task or seeking to simply meet a need, you can depend on them to faithfully serve and carry out a task to completion with grace and goodness.
I have been honored to have many “Tychicus-type-persons” in my life over my years of ministry… really too many to name in this brief reflection this morning. I have valued each of them – don’t know what I would have done without them! Two of the most recent that come to mind, however, are Fred and Brenda Kuntz (see pic). These two people are “servant leaders” in every sense of the word! They are first of all completely committed to Jesus Christ, His Church, and the gospel! If given a task or seeing a need, depend on it – it will be carried out to completion with devotion, dignity, and distinction! They don’t whimper or whine – they seem to thrive on serving the Lord and others. They have served as “class host and hostess” for classes I have taught, simply served Sharon and I as we faced challenges and needs, and have reached beyond us to serve many others who make up the small group they lead, those in the church they attend! I don’t know what Sharon and I – or others – would do without them… “BELOVED FELLOW CHRISTIANS AND FAITHFUL MINISTERS IN THE LORD” indeed!!!
See if you can identify the “Tychicus-type-persons” in your life…
And perhaps, just perhaps, God is calling you to be a “Tychicus” to your pastor, leader, or within the church or ministry you are a part of… Say “yes!” to the Lord and serve Him and those you are called to serve with devotion and distinction!!!