What to Be: Be a Tychicus

“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.” (Colossians 4:7-8)

Every Halloween, the big question in grade schools across the land is this: “What are you going to be?”

whatto_350It’s a question the Bible asks a lot, too, and this week we’re going to look at some of Paul’s suggestions. I’m not sure they’d make for great costumes, but in Colossians 4 Paul lists some excellent role models from his friends in ministry. Each of them has qualities we can put on to become more like Christ.

The first is Tychicus, a man from Asia who Paul mentions in three other books of the Bible as a major part of their ministry team. Tychicus was headed toward the Colossians with two jobs: reporter and encourager.

You can be a Tychicus by making it your job to notice and tell others about the great things God is doing around you and by taking on the role of an encourager. Some travel may be required, but you’ll be one of the most important members of the team.

Think: How hard do you work to notice what God is doing in your life and the lives of those around you? When you do notice, who do you tell? Who have you encouraged this week?

Pray: Ask God to help you to be like Tychicus by telling others about what he’s doing and by being an encourager.

Do: Notice the other places Tychicus pops up in the New Testament: Acts 20:4, Ephesians 6:21-22, 2 Timothy 4:12, and Titus 3:12.