Not all can be like Paul or Piper

Most pastors won't have a far-reaching public ministry like the Apostle Paul or the modern-day John Piper.  But we can be like Tychicus.  Who?  Tychicus.  He's only mentioned in a couple verses at the end of Ephesians, but look at how he is described:

So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything.  I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.  ~ Eph. 6:21-22

Tychicus was sent to the church at Ephesus to tell them how Paul was doing.  He stands in the shadow of Paul.  But I love how Paul describes him.  Tychicus is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a humble encourager.  Wouldn't you love to be described that way?

  • Beloved Brother -- A brother in the Lord known by your love
  • Faithful Minister -- A faithful, consistent servant to your people
  • Humble Encourager -- A man who builds up others, not yourself

Not all can be Paul (or even Piper), but more  of us can be like Tychicus--a beloved brother, faithful minister, and humble encourager.