Thought for Thursday

All my state shall Tychicus declare uno you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord. Colossians 4:7

For a man who is mentioned five times in Scripture, we know very little about Tychicus. He was with Paul during at least part of his missionary journeys, and he carried greetings from Paul to the Assemblies in Ephesus and Colosse. Paul also mentions him in his letters to Timothy and Titus. Tychicus was apparently from Ephesus, but no details are given us anywhere about his life or circumstances. Paul obviously held him in high esteem, and valued him as a faithful companion and helper. His commendation in our text today shows him to be a person we might do well to learn from.

Paul firstly describes Tychicus as a beloved brother. What a lovely title! Are there any Christians who say of you that you are a beloved brother or sister? Does the reality of your life in Christ mean that other Christians regard you with deep affection and warm-hearted care? We don’t know what Tychicus did or how he conducted himself to earn this title, but we all know what we can do to earn it for ourselves: show loving care and affection for our brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Paul also regarded Tychicus as a faithful minister, or servant. Paul undoubtedly had many tasks that he needed help with, given his imprisoned state and failing health. Tycnicus not only looked after all those tasks, but he also did so faithfully, cheerfully, and carefully. Paul could be thankful for such a good worker, whether to carry messages to other Christians, to write letters or read to the apostle (Paul’s eyesight was poor), or to keep the prison cell tidy, Tychicus was always available and on the job. His attitude and diligence are worthy of our copying.

The greatest thing that Paul and Tychicus shared was their commitment to their Lord and Saviour. The term fellowservant is more accurately rendered fellow slave. Both of these men were devoted to their Lord and their entire lives were committed to His service. This was a precious thing for them to share as they met daily and discussed the things of the Lord. Their appreciation of the One they served brought them closer together, and their combined devotion brought greater blessing to the Lord and to those around them

Tychicus earned a warm commendation from Paul, and from the Lord. Oh, that we might seek to be so deserving of such praise! -Jim MacIntosh

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