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.