Jan. 28 - Acts, Part 7
In part seven of our current series, Greg focused on a man who received only one brief mention in the whole book of Acts. In chapter 20, Paul is traveling through Greece when he learns about a plot against his life, so he and his traveling companions decide to return to Syria.
Acts 20:4 Several men were traveling with him. They were Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Berea; Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica; Gaius from Derbe; Timothy; and Tychicus and Trophimus from the province of Asia.
Buried at the end of Paul’s list of buddies is a man named Tychicus. It’s easy to skim over his name and think nothing of him, but Tychicus is no biblical one-hit wonder. Continuing through the New Testament, we will see him pop up several times, each time in a role of ever-increasing importance within Paul’s ministry.
Colossians 4: 7-9 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
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.
2 Timothy 4:9-12 Do your best to come to me quickly, for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. I sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
Paul saw Tychicus as a faithful follower of Christ who involved himself in the lives of others and dedicated his life to growing God’s kingdom. Tychicus may have started out with just a meager one-word mention in Acts as he was traveling with Paul, but he developed into so much more. Later on, Paul trusted Tychicus to deliver important letters to the churches at Ephesus and Collosae, then when Paul traveled away from his church for the winter, he asked Tychicus to fill his role until he returned, and finally Paul allowed Tychicus to minister to the people in Ephesus on his own so Paul could continue his work elsewhere.
We may see others working for the ministry of the church and feel, by comparison, we are worth no more than just a one-word mention, but each one of us fills an important role. Preparing lessons, praying for others, participating in worship gatherings, or serving the community are just a few ways we can help to grow God’s kingdom. Allow your faithfulness to develop you into a trusted, steadfast follower of Christ and you will see God working through you to build his kingdom.