“Tychicus will give you a full report about how I am getting along. He is a beloved brother and faithful helper who serves with me in the Lord’s work. I have sent him to you for this very purpose—to let you know how we are doing and to encourage you.” Colossians 4:7-8 NLT
Tychicus is mentioned six times in the New Testament (Acts 20:4; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7, 9; 2 Timothy 4:12; Titus 3:12). In Ephesians 6:21-22 and Colossians 4:7-8 Paul virtually says the exact same thing concerning this man. Each time he is referenced as a beloved brother and faithful servant (minister). He was a dedicated, trustworthy servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who would deliver Paul's letter and update the church concerning Paul's status. Having godly, dedicated, faithful brothers and sisters in Christ is essential to the continued work of the church. Many people walk through church doors but a minority of them are actually faithful in their service to the Master. There is a distinct difference between "Christian" association and true devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ. I am afraid that many in our time who attend church services are associates rather than disciples. Associates want the benefits of Christ without the commitment and service. They profess Jesus as Savior but deny His Lordship by their lifestyle. Perhaps they are simply immature in their faith. Perhaps they don't study the scriptures to gain understanding about their walk with God. Perhaps they have "good intentions" but never fulfill them. There are a host of "perhaps". The reality is simply this: Few actually serve Christ in devotion and faithful service. Attending church should be an obligation for any believer. Serving should also be. We cannot claim to be a part of the body of Christ and not serve to promote its vital health. Thank God for Tychicus. His name is still being shared almost 2000 years after his service was rendered. One thing begs for a response: Will you be a beloved brother, or sister, in Christ and will your faithful service be remembered? Do you render any service to be remembered? That is certainly something to ponder and respond to. Don't just "go" to church, "be" the church. Will you be a Tychicus?
Rev. Curtis Norris