“But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you; whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.” (Ephesians 6:21-22)
Although mentioned at the end of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, Tychicus (meaning ‘fateful’) was at forefront of the gospel in the Asia Minor area.
Average Bible students would be quick to recognize “minor” names like Timothy, Titus, Luke and Silas. Maybe even names like Apollos. But Tychicus is probably a name that slips past our notice like a basket riding Paul at Damascus (Acts 9:22-25).
Tychicus stands as a great example of those first century Christians that we know so little about but who gladly served the church. He, along with several others, stands as a great example for those who labor faithfully and diligently today but fail to become a “household” name.
When it comes to laboring in the faith, having a name that comes with fame and notoriety are not characteristics that impress God; nor do they legitimize the individual. Having a name that brings to mind serving, caring and a plugged-in attitude toward the church, however little known it is, is what accomplishes the will of God and brings glory to the gospel of Jesus.
“Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.” (Colossians 4:7-9)