“Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts.” (Colossians 4:7,8)
Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians by noting the one who will deliver the letter to them. Just as was his custom, he also includes greetings to various friends and helpers.
These personal references help to authenticate the genuineness and authority of the letter. At the same time we also learn of the characteristics and the special relationships Paul sustained with those who serve the Lord with him.
Tychicus first appears in Acts 20:4. He was of the province of Asia, of which Ephesus was capital. He apparently accompanied Paul on his voyage to Jerusalem in A.D. 58. He is most of all noted as a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord.
A disciple’s primary strength and consolation comes through Christ. Being attached to him provides energy to persevere in our walk with God. However, an important avenue through which Christ provides such energy is through the fellowship of other disciples.
To accomplish his purpose, God calls each disciple to find their niche in ministry. Men and women from various walks of life and social rank are united by common calling to serve each other. With this in mind each disciple must recognize their individual talent. With loyalty and humility they must zealously work for the mutual edification of their fellows.
Tychicus was what every disciple should be – a blessing by reason of his fidelity and servant’s heart. The world is full of those who need the consolation of Christ. Dear reader where do you stand?
By George Slover