Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:21-24

“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.”  (Ephesians 6:21,22)

Paul usually ended his epistles with personal words to those whom he loved and cared for.  Paul’s ministry was relational.  You can tell by these words how the members of the church at Ephesus loved and valued Paul.  They were concerned about his welfare.  Thus Paul sent his fiend and co-laborer in the gospel, Tychicus, to Ephesus to report on his well being.  Paul probably sent the letter to the church with Tychicus.

Notice what Paul said about Tychicus — he called him “beloved friend and faithful minister.”  Paul had the utmost respect for those who labored with him in ministry.  Paul was humble and gave credit to others for the success of his ministry.  He encouraged those he worked with and always gave them credit for the work they were doing.

Paul cared deeply about the people in the churches he planted.  He communicated with them.  He sent others to encourage them as he did Tychicus in this case.

Paul established valuable relationships everywhere he went.  He loved people and engaged them in ministry.  He brought them into his life.  He encouraged them and at times he even admonished them out of love.

As I look back over my years in ministry, I fondly remember those who loved me, encouraged me, and cared for me and my family.  Relationships are valuable.  We must take time and make the effort to develop deep and meaningful relationships with others.  I constantly have to slow down to make time for others.  I value greatly those who have loved, encouraged, and even admonished me.  We need each other.

“Peace be to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with love incorruptible.” (vs. 23,24)

Thank You, Lord, for the valued relationships I have enjoyed throughout my years of ministry.  You have given me dear friends and co-laborers in the ministry.  Thank You for those who have loved me, prayed for me, and encouraged me in my ministry.


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