Ephesians 6:21-22 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
Paul writes his letter to the believers at Ephesus to encourage them to stay strong in their new faith and to press forward for the cause of Christ. This church was surrounded by worldly influences, immorality, materialism, Idolatry and many more evil corruptions. Through the Holy Spirits leading, Paul pours his heart out to these believers and now he needs someone very faithful to make sure this letter gets to the Ephesian church.
This is where we learn of a man named Tychicus. He is a very dear brother in Christ to the Apostle Paul and trusted by many of the New Testament believers. His reputation is flawless and his zeal for Christ and his church is unquestionable. Looking at his character qualities we can see the kind of spiritual leader God is looking for in his church. May we develop the spiritual qualities that Christ has developed here in his servant Tychicus.
1. Tychicus was Lovable: vs. 21 “a beloved brother”
Not everyone is loveable. Some people are like skunks, they have attitudes and personalities that stink every time you get close to them. Some people are like porcupines, if you get close they stick you. There are people who gossip, slander, complain and many are just plain unkind; they are not loveable people that you would desire to be close to. On the other hand, Tychicus had a loveable disposition. Kindness, hospitality, good manners, respect, helpfulness, thoughtfulness, charity, integrity and such like are all character traits that are loveable. Tychicus was just the kind of guy everyone loved, are you loveable?
2. Tychicus was Faithful: vs. 21 “faithful minister”
Many people are known for breaking their word, not keeping their commitments and not finishing what they start; Tychicus however was known as a faithful brother. God’s people should be known as faithful. Keeping your word and performing your vows is one of the most notable of Christ’s characteristics. When Jesus was facing the agonies of the Cross he could have called the armies of heaven to rescue him, but instead was faithful to finish God’s redemption plan for mankind. Amen! I am glad he did! We should be faithful to our God; reading the Bible, going to church, praying, sharing our faith, giving our tithes & offerings and teaching others the way of the Cross. Our family needs us to be faithful; giving them quality time, sharing Gods word with them, taking time for each family member, date your spouse like before you were married and leading your family to Gods house each week. We should be faithful to our fellow man; keeping our word, performing your vows, working hard for our employer, paying taxes, contributing your talents to help others, and always ready to show a Christ-like attitude. These are just a few of the many areas that demand our faithfulness.
3. Tychicus was “Sendable”: vs.22 “I have sent unto you”
Before you correct my grammar I know sendable is not a word but it conveys my point and you will better remember this point. Tychicus was willing and obedient to go where he was needed…he was sendable. Are you willing to go wherever God needs you? Will you obediently serve him even if it’s out of your comfort zone? A spiritual leader understands that he or she belongs to Christ and that HIS mission comes first. Sometimes we are called upon to go out of our comfort zone to forgive someone, to help someone or to perform a task for the first time. If you will be sendable then to God you will be profitable.
4. Tychicus was a Comforter: vs.22 “that he might comfort your hearts”
There are some people you can’t wait to get away from and there are those you wish you could keep with you forever. A person that encourages you is someone you most eagerly call close to you. There is enough negative, heartbreaking talk in the world, May God send some Tychicus’s to comfort those that struggle. Jesus said he didn’t come so people could minister to him; he came so he could minister to others. A good spiritual leader desires to comfort and encourage others more than he desires others to tend to him. I have found that if you are faithful to be an encourager, others will encourage you. Find someone to call, send a card with some encouraging Bible verses in it, send an uplifting text message or email to any one God lays on your heart. Encouragement seems to find its way back to those who send it.
These are qualities that every Christian should posses. These qualities are not naturally in us, but they are the work of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. When we read God’s word and pray, He directs us into these qualities. As you give God full liberty in your life, you’ll find a refreshing and rewarding peace as He cultivates his likeness in you and makes you into his perfect image.