7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our[b] circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. 9 He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
Paul writes to the Colossians during his first imprisonment in Rome, and he wants the Colossians to know that he doing quite well. He sent Tychicus to let the people know not to worry. Onesimus was probably the slave mentioned in Philemon and he was probably from Colossae.
Paul describes Tychicus as faithful, so we know he was consistent in his walk with Christ. Paul calls him a fellow servant in the Lord, he was thought of as an equal, and he was also humble and willing to serve wherever was needed.
Onesimus was a faithful and beloved brother, and he was consistent and loving also. Paul loved those he worked with and compliments them with praise and encouragement. Paul treated his fellow workers with courtesy and respect. He shared his knowledge but always on a basis of personal equality. As a result he gained their respect and their voluntary surrender to his requests.
What does God value? He does not ask us to be popular, brilliant, or widely accepted, but he does ask us to walk humbly and be faithful in whatever He has given us to do.
Fellowship and a sense of belonging are wonderful things. God designed us to need each other. We are all joined together as one body. Belonging to Christ means we operate on love. God will equip us to bear fruit and we are all given abilities to build up the body.
Are you using your gifts for God’s glory and building up the body of Christ? Pray and ask God to reveal where you should begin using your gift. It’s all part of the process of becoming who God wants you to be.
Help me Lord to walk humbly before you, and to glorify You in all I do. Amen
Written by Cathy Croft