Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. Ephesians 6:21
Connections! It’s what life is all about. Whether it is your relationship with your family members or friends, even neighbors and co-workers, God is all about people. He desires people to connect with Him and with each other. It is so important to Him that He set up His entire “Kingdom of Heaven here on earth” system based on His body of believers being connected with each other to complete His mission.
The apostle Paul knew something about being connected with others. Not only did he spend a lot of time teaching about connecting, it is evident in his ministry team too. Here at the end his letter to the church at Ephesus, he introduces his friend and brother in the Lord, Tychicus. Tychicus was the one who would deliver the letter to the church. He was also to tell all the believers there how and what Paul has been doing. He was Paul’s ambassador to Ephesus. Throughout Paul’s life we hear of His partnerships with Barnabas and also with Silas. However, these two were not the only people on his ministry team. As you read his new testament letters, he mentions many other believers who not only were part of his team, they were extensions of God’s purpose all working to accomplish one goal . . . getting the message through.
We have the same commission today. We are to connect with others to teach, learn and encourage one another to accomplish the mission God has for today. We are not on individual missions, we are on one purpose. . . God’s purpose. His plan is for each one of us to represent heaven in our everyday life. I recently heard a testimony of someone who works in the secular world, but his boss had questions about God that he was able to answer. He said he felt like he was representing heaven as he spoke and surprised himself how much he knew about it all. Of course, the Holy Spirit was with him, but he yielded to Him non-the-less.
Today I want to encourage you to evaluate your connections, friendships and relationships. How is your ministry team doing? Whether you lead or not is not the focus. Instead, being the voice of heaven in today’s world is what’s important. Take a next step today into becoming more in tune with the message God is giving for this time. Then spend time connecting with other believers by teaching, learning and encouraging them. Let’s accomplish all that is in God’s heart for us to get done in these last days!
Today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 6:21-24