Verse: 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.
As we near the end of the book of Colossians, Paul writes some personal remarks before he finishes. It's easy to just skip over these. If anything, when we read them it's heartening to see who much the early church loved each other, and how connected they all felt. I like this verse though. I think there's more if we take a moment to sit with it. I would like someone to describe me like Paul describes Tychicus (plus that name is awesome). Think about these three descriptions for our lives:
It's beautiful how people in the family of God have for millenia called each other by familial names: brother, sister, etc. And I love that Paul starts with "dear brother" before anything else. I would love for it to be said of me that I'm a dear brother to them. I think this would be a great start for all believers: to love each other well. To be people who care for one another like family. Do you think this could be said of you?
In the Christian church, everyone is a minister. We are all called to minister to each other and to the world around us. Do you often think of yourself with that title? Could you be described as a "faithful minister." I think adding the word faithful makes it even more powerful. Can we be people who minister not only when it's easy and convenient, but faithfully in good times and bad? Can we pray for others, encourage others, speak truth to others, offer wise counsel to others, and serve others faithfully?
Fellow Servant in the Lord
I have always had a thing for shows about the Presidency. I have no idea why. The West Wing, Madam Secretary, etc. I love when people say, "I serve at the pleasure of the President." It is their way of saying even if what you are asking is hard, I will do it because it's not about me. What a great attitude to have towards the Lord. Wouldn't it be amazing if we all viewed our lives this way? That our lives are lived in service to the Lord? "I serve at the pleasure of the King." Do you think of your life as being lived in service of God? Do you think of yourself as a servant of the Lord?
Let's take a moment today to reflect on these three descriptors of Tychicus and apply them to our lives!
God I thank you that being a believer is so much more than just believing. Help me to live in a full-hearted way for you.