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  Tychicus - A Dear Brother  

Tychicus is one of Paul's companions in the New Testament. He is mentioned five times.

Acts 20:4
He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea, Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, Gaius from Derbe, Timothy also, and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.

Colossians 4:7
Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord.

Ephesians 6:21
Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing.

2 Timothy 4:12 I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

Titus 3:12
As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.

Tychicus joined Paul in his 3rd missionary journey[Acts 18:23- Acts 21:26] along with 6 other men in Acts 20:4 including Sopater, Aristarchus, Secundas, Gaius, Timothy and Trophimus. He travelled with Paul all the way to Jerusalem ,encouraging and strengthening churches. This was a huge commitment for Tychicus but he chose to go on this extremely dangerous Mission. He was willing to go and serve away from his family, city and people.

How does your commitment to God look like at this point in life?

Put yourself in Tychicus's shoes- knowing that going with Paul could be dangerous to my life, would I have gone? What missionary journeys have I taken to build the kingdom of God? Would I go and serve God in another city and help build the church even if I am not the main church leader? Would I go on a missionary journey at this point in life? Where is God calling me?

It must have been awesome for Tychicus to be in the company of such great brothers like Paul the apostle and Luke the doctor. One can imagine the impact this company of brothers had on each other.

What is the company of people I am hanging out with? What influence they are having on me?

Read Ephesians 6:21-22 and Colossians 4:7-9

Paul is in prison along with other brothers. Tychicus is sent as a messenger to other churches to inform them about Paul and others in prison and how they are doing and to encourage them.

Paul describes Tychicus as - " a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord."

What do other brothers or sisters see me as or what would they say about me? A dear brother/sister ? A faithful servant in the Lord? A faithful minister? A fellow servant in the Lord?

What do I need to change today?

Read 2 Tim 4:12 and Tit 3:12

When Paul thought about sending someone to a church, Tychicus was one of the faithful brothers he chose. He was reliable and trustworthy. His name being mentioned here communicates that Tychicus was one of the key devoted servants of the early Church. How serving am I? What is holding me back? Is it others or is it YOU doing the work?

There are so many little ways one can serve - praying with another brother, visiting others, encouraging, serving those who are sick, comfort the mourning, preparing food , inviting others home, ushering, helping in hall set up, decorations……..start serving today!

Challenge :

Sign up to be a missionary. Go on a mission trip to another city [One week, One Month, One Year - you pick] to evangelise and to strengthen the brothers and sisters there.