How Will You be Remembered?
21But that ye also may know my affairs, how I do, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: 22whom I have sent unto you for this very purpose, that ye may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts.
5190 Τυχικός [Tuchikos /too·khee·kos/] From a derivative of 5177; 5608; Seven occurrences; translates as “Tychicus” seven times. 1 an Asiatic Christian, friend and companion of the apostle Paul. Additional Information: Tychicus = “fateful”.
5177 τυγχάνω [tugchano /toong·khan·o/] Probably for an obsolete tucho (for which the middle voice of another alternate teucho [to make ready or bring to pass] is used in certain tenses, akin to the base of 5088 through the idea of effecting; 8:238; 1191; 5593; 13 occurrences; translates as “obtain” five times, “be” once, “chance” once, “little” once, “enjoy” once, “may be” once, not translated once, and translated miscellaneously twice. 1 to hit the mark. 1a of one discharging a javelin or arrow. 2 to reach, attain, obtain, get, become master of. 3 to happen, chance, fall out. 3a to specify, to take a case, as for example. 4 to meet one. 5 of he who meets one or presents himself unsought, any chance, ordinary, common person. 6 to chance to be.
How Will You Be Remembered?
Introduction: Two brothers were the most wicked scoundrels in this small rural village. Upon the death of one of the brothers, the surviving brother engaged a preacher. He wanted the preacher to say his brother was a saint. After much discussion, the preacher agreed and at the end of the funeral made this statement:
“This man lying here, was a scoundrel, but compared to his brother he was a saint.”
Proverbs 22:1 tells us that “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, And loving favor rather than silver and gold.” Eccles 7:1 says that A good name is better than precious oil; and the day of death, than the day of one’s birth.
Our subject for today is a great example of that. Tychicus is an obscure character in the NT but his name appears only 5 times in the Bible but each time with praise.
|Acts 20:4||And there accompanied him as far as Asia, Sopater of Beroea, the son of Pyrrhus; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.|
|Eph 6:21||But that ye also may know my affairs, how I do, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:|
|Col 4:7||All my affairs shall Tychicus make known unto you, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord:|
|2 Tim 4:12||But Tychicus I sent to Ephesus.|
|Titus 3:12||When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, give diligence to come unto me to Nicopolis: for there I have determined to|
Tychicus’ basic responsibility was to carry the letter to the Ephesian church from Paul’s hand to the church. Additionally his task was to report with a firsthand witness of how Paul was doing spiritually, physically and emotionally. He was an encouragement to Paul as Paul was to him and by virtue of that ministry to Paul, Tychicus was going to be an encouragement to the church at Ephesus. But his ministry has more significance to us than just the reason why Paul sent him to Ephesus.
|1 Cor 10:6||Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.|
|1 Cor 10:11||Now these things happened unto them by way of example; and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages are come.|
The two passages of scripture reveal a secondary intent in the Biblical record. The mere recording of Biblical incidents for the sake of historical record is to miss the greater meaning of WHY such incidents, people, events and circumstances were recorded in the first place. We should always be asking ourselves the interpretive questions of “why was this recorded in the Biblical record?” and “what life lessons can I learn and apply from this persons life and legacy?” Paul obviously trusted Tychicus and he also had confidence that Tychicus could accomplish his mission. I believe we can safely induce from this passage Four characteristics that we should imitate in our own life and ministry to others.
I. A Beloved Brother in his relationships (v. 21)
II. A Faithful Minister in his responsibilities (v.21)
III. A Reliable Communicator in his mission (v. 22)
IV. A Trusted Comforter in his ministry (v. 22)
Conclusion: The story was once told of a prosperous young Wall Street broker who met, fell in love with, and was frequently seen escorting about town a rising actress of gentility and dignity. He wanted to marry her, but being a cautious man he decided that before proposing marriage he should have a private investigating agency check her background and present activities. After all, he reminded himself, I have a reputation to protect against a marital misadventure.
The young man requested that the agency not reveal his identity to the investigator reporting on the actress. In due time the investigator’s report came back. It said the actress had an unblemished past and a spotless reputation. Her friends and associates were of the best repute. The repot concluded, “The only shadow is that she is often seen around town in the company of a young broker of dubious business practices and principles.” What will people remember about you? I believe we can safely say that 3 things emerge regarding how Paul thought of people. Does reputation matter?
1. People are important to God’s plan for the church.
2. People were indispensable to Paul’s ministry.
3. People will be involved in your ministry to the body of Christ.