“Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.”
The second description of Tychicus is that he is a “faithful minister.”
The second depiction of him is a “faithful minister.” He was not only a brother but a beloved brother; he was not only a minister but a faithful minister. He was true to the service of the church at Colosse and to the apostle Paul.
Tychicus was not a well-known member of Paul’s team. He was not famous or a name person on the team but that does not mean that he was not successful. The emphasis here is upon his character rather than his personality.
God does not require that we be brilliant or clever in the ministry. We do not have to be original. God does not expect us to be famous or popular. He does not even expect success from us. He does expect us to be faithful (I Cor. 4:1,2).
By the use of “faithful” Paul describes the quality of Tychicus’ work. When it comes to our ministry God’s values faithfulness more than anything else. He was “Mr. Ordinary” on the team. He lived a monotonous life. No one wrote him up in the Christian magazines of the day. There was no Madison Avenue blood in his body. Our generation of Christianity loves to focus on personality, not character. It seems to make no difference whether a person is off doctrinally as long as he has a pleasing personality. It is one big brotherhood at the expense of truth.
It was not a popular thing to be a Christian in the first century. To be a Christian was not fashionable. To be friend of a man in jail for preaching the gospel was not very popular position to take. That might cost a Christian something. Tychicus was willing to pay the price.
Tychicus was no scintillating personality. He was steady, solid, stable and faithful. He did the little jobs as unto the Lord. He did not deem it below him to carry the epistle of Colossians to Colosse. He took up the slack. It takes a big man to do the little jobs. He did them day in and day out. No one patted him on the head and told him how great he was. No one interviewed him for a publication.
God wants us to be faithful in our ministry.
Tychicus was a man Paul could count upon. That is what God expects of us. He wants faithfulness. Many today are faithless.
How would someone describe your ministry? Faithful? Faithless? Can people count on you? Can people trust you to deliver the goods?
Today it costs us relatively little to minister the gospel faithfully. No one persecutes us. No one puts us in jail for preaching the gospel. No one ostracizes us for our witness for Christ today. Yet there is more unfaithfulness in ministry today than in Paul’s day. God is looking for people upon whom he can count to do his ministry.
God has a plan for your life right where you are. It is more difficult to live the Christian life in the day-to-day humdrum of life. No one goes to the Christian wife who washes dishes day in and out to get her testimony about how she lives the Spirit-filled life. No one asks her how difficult it is to face the boredom of washing dishes every day. No one interviews her about the thrill of sweeping the floor every day. However, she is in the plan of God and all God expects of her is faithfulness. When she does her housework as unto the Lord, she is a person with purpose.